As impeachment enters new phase, Trump touts 'transcript'


But Morrison also confirmed what diplomat William Taylor told investigators in earlier testimony - that Morrison had a "sinking feeling" when he learned that Trump was asking the Ukrainians to publicly announce an investigation of Biden and the Democrats, even as the Republican president denied it was a quid pro quo.

While it remains to be seen what exactly will happen with the impeachment inquiry in the House, we can only hope that Trump follows through with his idea of a televised fireside chat because it could end up turning into one of the wildest moments in USA political history.

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The publication also reported Morrison told lawmakers that Ukrainian officials were unaware that the Trump administration had delayed USA military aid to the eastern European country until the end of August 2019 - roughly one month after President Trump's conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Biden said previous year that in 2016 he threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine unless then-President Petro Poroshenko ousted Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor probing the energy firm Burisma. "Why are people running immediately to the White House counsel?" Others in the administration are advocating for Ms. Bondi, who is close to the president.

"The president is the best messenger the country has", Mrs. Bachmann said.

The testimony of Vindman could provide insight into how White House officials work to restrict access to a rough transcript of Trump's call with the Ukrainian president. "He said: 'This was going to be their star witness'".

President Trump defended his "good call" together with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky - and to show his level, he steered he may learn it aloud in a "fireside chat" paying homage to FDR's radio broadcasts within the 1930s and 40s.

The directive from Eisenberg adds to an expanding list of moves by senior White House officials to contain, if not hide, possible evidence of Trump's attempt to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to provide information that could be damaging to former Vice President Joe Biden.

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She said she and Summer were sympathetic to the Washington Nationals as the home team, even though she is from Texas. The Astros went on to win Game 5 on Sunday 7-1 to take a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven World Series.

House impeachment investigators are seeking to question Ellis and Eisenberg next week, though it's unclear if they will cooperate with the inquiry.

Grisham told Fox News that the "fireside chat" idea was, in fact, "a serious consideration" but she said she did not "know what the logistics of it would look like just yet" and did not know when it would happen, if it did.

Trump gave an 80-minute interview with conservative site the Washington Examiner in the Oval Office, in which he remained defiant about participating in the impeachment proceedings against him, which were sparked by the contents of the call. Vindman also testified that Sondland "emphasized the importance that Ukraine deliver the investigations into the 2016 election, the Bidens and Burisma". "It's what we've been saying".

Mr. Trump's team has attempted to amplify what they view as the president's accomplishments.

Hunter Biden sat on the board of Burisma from 2014 to 2018, making tens of thousands of dollars a month.

White House officials are discussing an event next week for the president to highlight the confirmation of more than 150 federal judges since he has been president, said people familiar with the planning.

It is unclear what recordings Trump was referring to on the call.

The White House has also scheduled regular meetings during the past two weeks with Republican lawmakers, including a West Wing meeting Thursday that again veered into impeachment, people familiar with the matter said.

The interaction between Eisenberg and Vindman suggests there was a sense among some in the White House that Trump's call with Zelinsky was not, as the president has repeatedly claimed, "perfect".