Morrison said that he did not know what Burisma was, despite being told by Hill that European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland and Giuliani were "trying to get President Zelenskiy to reopen Ukraine investigations into Burisma [Holdings]".
Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 2020 presidential election. Others in the administration are advocating for Ms. Bondi, who is close to the president.
Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, described Mr. Trump as upbeat and positive when he and other faith leaders met with the president at the White House. If the National Security Council's top Ukrainian expert briefed the president, Trump might have become "confused" - not by the information Vindman was sharing, but by the fact that the president was under the impression that an entirely different person was the White House's top Ukrainian expert.
"As far as I remember the events of 2015-2016, the U.S. government wanted the suspension of Victor Shokin (from the position of Prosecutor General), not only Vice President Joe Biden, not only the European Union, all of UAnet wanted it", the diplomat said.
Later Trump said, "Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it".
Donald Trump has promised to read a transcript of his controversial phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a "fireside chat" broadcast live to the American people. As a national security adviser, Morrison was among those listening to Trump's July 25 call with the Ukrainian leader that sparked a whistleblower's complaint and the impeachment inquiry.
House impeachment investigators are seeking to question Ellis and Eisenberg next week, though it's unclear if they will cooperate with the inquiry.
"This is over a phone call that is a good call", the president told the Washington Examiner in an Oval Office interview hours after a bitterly divided House voted to approve a resolution outlining the impeachment inquiry against him.
"I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a USA citizen, and I was anxious about the implications for the US government's support of Ukraine", Vindman said. "It's what we've been saying".
Although some witnesses - such as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and diplomat Bill Taylor - have expressed concerns about the July 25th call, other officials have said they believe no wrongdoing occurred during the conversation, which included a suggestion by President Trump for Zelensky to examine allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
He also said that he was pleased with testimony of Tim Morrison, former White House official who said earlier on Thursday he was "not concerned that anything illegal was discussed" during the Trump-Zelensky phone call.
Vindman said Eisenberg, who's known inside and outside the White House as a meticulous, deliberate lawyer, suggested moving the document that recounted the call to a restricted computer server for highly classified materials, according to a person who familiar with Vindman's testimony.
It is unclear what recordings Trump was referring to on the call.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) weighed in to condemn the impeachment inquiry, pointing out that the Democrats' endeavor to impeach the president is a fundamental mistake.