First Public Impeachment Hearings to Begin Next Week

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"For the President to say the European Union was "set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank, ' or that 'NATO is as bad as NAFTA" is not only factually wrong, but proves to me that it's time to go", he explained.

Taylor's full testimony, which has been supported by almost a dozen fellow witnesses, expanded significantly on a 15-page opening statement by Taylor that was published last month.

The additions to Trump's team come as House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced on Wednesday that the first public impeachment hearings would take place in a week. In his opening statement, which was published when he testified on October 22, Taylor explained that Sondland told him "everything" Ukraine wanted was conditioned on the investigation.

"That is the White House's position, and I don't think that his latest revisions change that", Conway said.

"And so he ended the meeting".

Volker said his decision to resign on 27 September was because of the impeachment inquiry.

"I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo", Trump said, according to Sondland.

The WSJ reporter on the story described the addition of Bondi and Sayegh as "both an acknowledgment Trump needs help coordinating a response to the House probe, & a compromise between competing factions in the White House where rivalries opened during a two week-long process deliberation over which adviser to bring inside".

"I have heard the allegation in the media that I supposedly told our embassy team to ignore the president's orders since he was going to be impeached", she said.

Democrats allege that Trump suspended the aid package to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to begin an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Volker, in his own text messages that he provided to investigators, shares conversations seeking to get a White House meeting between Zelensky and Trump. Mr Taylor had asked.

When facing lawmakers, Taylor said he stood by that assessment.

The three committees that have been leading the investigation are wrapping up the closed-door testimony this week.

"Are you aware that quid pro quo literally means this for that?"

Mr Sondland's revision is significant because the inquiry has already heard how he emphatically denied any suggestion of a link between U.S. aid and political investigations.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal staffing, said that the roles would be temporary and that Bondi and Sayegh would be working as special government employees.

The "unanimous opinion of every level of interagency discussion", Taylor said, was that the aid should be resumed "without delay".

(CNN)The top USA diplomat in Ukraine told House impeachment investigators that President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was pressing Ukraine "to intervene in United States domestic policy or politics" by launching investigations into Trump's political rivals, according to a transcript of Bill Taylor's deposition released Wednesday. "There should have been, but there wasn't".

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