Trump opposes public hearings during impeachment inquiry

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"I had a call before this one with the president of Ukraine and I have no problem giving it to them", Trump told reporters before departing the White House on Friday morning, suggesting he would provide investigators with a transcript of the call in question, The Independent reported.

"At the end of the day I don't view the whistleblower- it shouldn't be a substantive part of the conversation because this a third party who wasn't on the call and wasn't privy to the conversation", she said.

That call came three months before the July 25 call that sparked the impeachment inquiry into his efforts to push Zelenskiy to investigate his political rivals.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says in testimony that there was "no ambiguity".

Lawmakers are seeking to find out how much Pence knew about efforts by Trump and those around him to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as foreign interference in the 2016 United States election.

In August the whistleblower filed a report that eventually triggered impeachment proceeding against Mr Trump.

In text messages Volker gave to investigators, US diplomats discussed the Trump administration's interest in getting Ukraine to investigate potential 2016 election interference and Burisma.

After nearly a month of calling for greater transparency in the inquiry, the White House changed its strategy this week by prohibiting several of its officials from even testifying behind closed doors before the lower house committees. Mulvaney has asked to join a lawsuit brought by another of the president's advisers challenging a congressional subpoena.

Kupperman, whose lawsuit Mulvaney wants to join, is using the same defense lawyer as former national security adviser John Bolton, who did not appear for his scheduled testimony Thursday.

Investigators are preparing to start public hearings in the coming week. Adam Schiff, Carolyn Maloney and Eliot Engel, the respective heads of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, said Mr. Mulvaney was a vital, firsthand witness to an alleged quid pro quo. Yovanovitch was ousted in May on Trump's orders and Taylor replaced her; both have testified about their concerns with the administration's policy on Ukraine.

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Bolton defied the investigation Thursday by failing to appear for a deposition. Democrats are wrapping up the closed-door portion of the proceedings.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, in Rabat, Morocco on November 8, 2019.



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