Pence aide calls Trump's call with Ukraine 'unusual and inappropriate'


During Yovanovitch's testimony, Trump also tweeted, "the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him".

"There was the normal process, where decision-making went through the duly appointed personnel, whether that's the Chief of Mission, Ambassador (William) Taylor, (former USA special envoy to Ukraine Envoy Kurt) Volker, the appropriate personnel from the Departments of State and Defense and Energy and intelligence agencies and so forth, as we normally do business...", Morrison said. Burisma is the Ukrainian gas company that employed Hunter Biden. Trump's efforts to prevent witnesses from obeying congressional subpoenas to testify in the impeachment inquiry amount to obstruction of the impeachment inquiry.

Pressed by Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the Intelligence Committee main the probe, as to irrespective of whether or not Sondland had in reality spoken to the president, Morrison talked about he skilled confirmed it every particular person time. On Tuesday, they'll hear from Morrison along with Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Alexander Vindman, the director for European affairs at the National Security Council, and Kurt Volker, the former USA special envoy to Ukraine.

KEITH: Marie Yovanovitch came across as a sympathetic figure in this testimony because she was, as she describes it, a victim.

"One noteworthy item was that the Zelensky administration already had hundreds of bills ready to go, and so Ambassador Bolton provided an overview of some of those", she said.

Other witnesses, including Deputy Secretary of State George Kent and Ambassador William Taylor, the acting chief Ukraine envoy, also testified that Russian Federation was the chief beneficiary of Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine.

Which is exactly the precedent Trump had said he was afraid of setting by releasing the original Zelensky call.

Impeachment investigators met Saturday with a White House official directly connected to Trump's block on military aid to Ukraine, the first budget office witness to testify in the historic inquiry.

While some, including Trump himself, have begun to question Sondland's knowledge of events, Morrison told House investigators the ambassador "related to me he was acting - he was discussing these matters with the President".

"So, he's going to do the investigation?"

As former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in the House impeachment inquiry to evidence of abuse of power by Donald Trump, he tweeted insulting allegations against her in real time.

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The conversation, which took place on July 25 while the White House was withholding military aid to Ukraine, is central to the House impeachment inquiry into Trump.

In public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday, Taylor told lawmakers that Holmes told him the previous Friday about a phone conversation that he overheard between Sondland and the president.

The ambassador testified that she was subjected to a "painful" smear campaign before being abruptly pulled from Kiev.

"All I expect him to say is he doesn't know why the aid was held and wished that he did", said Meadows, R-N.C.

But it did on one particular date: July 25, the day of Trump's call with Zelensky. "Thus, perhaps, it was not surprising, that when our anti-corruption efforts got in the way of the desire for profit or power, Ukrainians who preferred to play by the old, corrupt rules sought to remove me", she said.

Vindman and Williams at scheduled to testify collectively all through a neighborhood impeachment listening to on Tuesday early morning.

When asked if witness intimidation charges would be added to articles of impeachment, Schumer said he did not know if Trump's tweets meet a legal standard.

The call, made just a few hours after Zelensky was elected in Ukraine, is little more than a brief exchange of pleasantries, with Trump congratulating Zelensky on his presidency and the two heads of state talking about how great their respective countries are.

But Morrison said Eisenberg later told him that he did not intend for the call summary to be placed on a highly classified server. And now the president in real time is attacking you. The initial letter has been largely corroborated through testimonies from several State and Defense department officials, and White House officials.

Among Democratic voters, 79% believe Trump should be impeached, while only 10% of Republican voters agree with impeachment.