"Worse than Nixon": Pelosi calls for Donald Trump's resignation

Erin Schaff  The New York Times Committee members aides and lawyers during a break in the hearing

Erin Schaff The New York Times Committee members aides and lawyers during a break in the hearing

Both in open hearings and closed-door testimony, Democrats have sought to highlight concerns that Trump's foreign policy frequently benefits Russian Federation. "We both discussed that Ukraine was not in the European Union, which led to the follow-on question of, why is he involved in Ukraine?" "And as she was testifying that she felt threatened by the president's remarks, which I understand, the president continues the smear campaign".

Trump, who says he only wanted to root out corruption in Ukraine, says he did nothing wrong. He did not participate in the process.

Mr Holmes, a U.S. diplomatic aide, testified behind closed doors before us lawmakers in Washington DC.

When asked by House investigators to define "reform agenda" Williams said: "On anticorruption reforms, on reforming the judiciary, and the legislative action that his administration was undertaking, but there was no discussion of any specific investigations".

He explained that his concern about it leaking was because he "didn't necessarily fully understand how everybody would use it" but he anxious it would wind up "politicizing Ukraine" and cost bipartisan support for the country. But it did on one particular date: July 25, the day of Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that remains at the core of the impeachment probe.

Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Rob Portman of OH "convinced the president that the aid should be disbursed immediately", said Mr Morrison, who was briefed about the meeting but did not attend.

"The testimony released today shows that President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky immediately set off alarm bells throughout the White House".

Biden and other world leaders were working to get Ukraine's president to remove Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who had a reputation for blocking important cases from proceeding.

Promptly after the commerce with Sondland by way of an intercontinental gathering in Warsaw, Morrison named his boss, John Bolton, then Trump's nationwide security adviser.

The first member of Pence's office to cooperate with impeachment investigators, Williams will testify in a public hearing next week before the House Intelligence Committee, along with another witness, Timothy Morrison, a departing employee of the National Security Council. "Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for", Taylor continued. Morrison said this irregular channel differed from the "normal process" that the USA government uses for foreign policy.

William Taylor is the acting USA ambassador to Ukraine. "And there was this second track, chiefly led by Ambassador (Gordon) Sondland, where Rudy Giuliani's name would come up". They also claim he withheld military aid to exert more pressure on Ukraine President Zelensky. Trump had frozen the aid, which had been authorized by Congress, in July.

"I was not comfortable with any idea that President Zelenskiy should allow himself to be involved in our politics", Morrison told lawmakers.

Morrison also appeared to contradict Vindman's view of the accuracy of the edited transcript, testifying that he had accepted all of his deputy's edits. Sondland has already had to revise his closed-door testimony once, and Democrats suggested that if the ambassador is not truthful in his public appearance Wednesday, he could be flirting with perjury charges.

Morrison told impeachment investigators that until he spoke with Sondland on September 1, he hadn't drawn a connection between the hold on military aid - announced inside the administration in July - and the demand to investigate the Bidens.

"The way I recall processing it was when I went out and I googled 'What is Burisma?' and I saw Hunter Biden, I said, okay, yeah, that sounds night, I'll stay away", Morrison testified.

Sondland told Trump that Zelensky "loves your ass" and "will do 'anything you ask him to, '" according to a copy of Holmes's opening statement obtained by CNN.

The call - which the United States president has denied any knowledge of - allegedly happened the day after the now-famous Trump-Zelensky phone call.

On this week's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) said the Democrats' case against President Donald Trump does not exclusively rely on the testimony of Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland.

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