Trump impeachment investigation: Mick Mulvaney defies citation

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The comments represented a rare GOP rebuke of the president as the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry barrels towards public hearings later in the week.

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.

Trump's daughter and presidential aide Ivanka Trump granted a rare interview while on a trip to Morocco.

"They want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call". And if they want it, I'll give it to them.

The testimony details how prime USA officers were haunted that Trump had outsourced Ukraine coverage to his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who had pushed prime Ukraine officers to publicly pronounce an investigation into the Bidens and to pursue a conspiracy belief that Ukraine interfered within the 2016 elections to help Democrats.

The White House released a rough first transcript of a July phone call with Zelenskiy on September 25 after word got out of a complaint from a whistleblower within the intelligence community.

But the hints about what Mr Bolton might be able to add came as new details emerged from the impeachment inquiry about how an effort by Mr Trump's allies to use the US' relationship with Ukraine to accomplish the President's political goals opened a bitter rift inside the White House.

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.

Ahead of impeachment probe, US President Donald Trump said on Friday that there should be no public hearings during the House of Representatives' impeachment enquiry against him, and directed White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney not to appear before the committees investigating Trump's phone call to Ukraine.

"This inquiry is not, and will not serve, however, as a vehicle to undertake the same sham investigations into the Bidens or 2016 that the President pressed Ukraine to conduct for his personal political benefit, or to facilitate the President's effort to threaten, intimidate, and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm", he said. The White House transcript included cautionary language saying it was not a verbatim account of the discussion between the two leaders, as some Intelligence Community officials said releasing a full transcript could "undermine" national security. In his closed-door testimony, the deputy assistant secretary of state said Trump wanted Zelenskiy to stand at a microphone and say three words: investigations, Biden and Clinton. "I don't like doing it because it's such a bad precedent", Trump said.

Democrats are building an impeachment case that accuses Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Some of the officials have alleged that a quid pro quo may have existed.

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