READ: George Kent's Impeachment Inquiry Testimony Transcript

Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland

Televised public hearings featuring US officials testifying in Congress about alleged wrongdoing by Trump could crowd out other issues like the economy and immigration as voters turn their minds to the November 2020 election.

Meanwhile, lawmakers continued to spar over the significance of revised testimony by Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union.

Investigators have been told that President Trump wanted to pressure the government of Ukraine to commit to investigations that could help him in the 2020 election.

"I have not talked to the president", Taylor said.

Under questioning from Rep. "He knows the parameters of the relationship between a President and an AG". "So the Russians are loving, would love, the humiliation of Zelenskiy at the hand of the Americans, and would give the Russians a freer hand, and I would quit".

"He corroborates testimony from numerous other officials, and he documented it", Mr. Schiff said on Twitter.

An anonymous whistleblower complaint in September highlighted potential abuse of power by the president when he telephoned Ukraine's leader and asked him to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, Trump's potential 2020 election rival.

Mr Sondland said he believed the State Department should be in charge of foreign policy, but officials were powerless to thwart the former mayor, according to his testimony. "We now know that the call was just one piece of a larger operation to redirect our foreign policy to benefit Donald Trump's personal and political interests, not the national interest".

Under normal circumstances, those staff members would have stayed on the line during a phone call with a head of state to transcribe and take notes for the official record, Taylor said. "Ambassador Sondland squarely states that he "did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended.' He also said he 'presumed" there was a link to the -but can not identify any solid source for that assumption".

People familiar with the matter say David Hale plans to tell congressional impeachment investigators that secretary of state Mike Pompeo and other senior officials determined that defending ambassador Marie Yovanovitch would hurt the effort to free up U.S. military assistance to Ukraine.

After the May 23 Oval Office meeting, Kurt Volker, then-special envoy to Ukraine, reached out to Mr Giuliani, attempting to court his support for U.S. foreign policy goals, and also put him in touch with a top Ukrainian official.

But Mr. Kent also testified several times that he was told there wasn't a "quid pro quo" transaction of US military aid for those sought-after investigations.

It was issued by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and acting Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, who heads the European and Eurasian bureau at the State Department, also testifies on November 13.

On Nov. 15, Yovanovitch will testify, he added.

House Democrats announced that the impeachment inquiry is moving to a new phase next week - public hearings. "And as I said, this was the first time I'd heard those two put together, those connected", Taylor told the panel during his October 22 deposition, according to the transcript released Wednesday.

The three committees that have been leading the investigation are wrapping up the closed-door testimony this week. "And I told the secretary: 'If that happens, I'll come home".



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