Pompeo declines to defend ex-U.S. ambassador after Trump attack

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"With you, Mr. President, all roads lead to Putin", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared last week, and not for the first time.

The House impeachment inquiry is focused on a July 25th phone call between President Trump and the newly-elected president of Ukraine, Volodymy Zelensky, during which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate his political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in exchange for almost $400 in military aid.

Ms. Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, testified on the second day of televised impeachment hearings, which will resume next week.

Holmes told lawmakers he overheard a phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, in which the president inquired about Ukraine's willingness to carry out investigations of Biden and his son.

The survey's findings come after the House impeachment inquiry's first week of public hearings, which a majority of Americans have been monitoring.

After two days of public testimony and the release of thousands of pages of transcripts from witnesses who've met with investigators behind closed doors, Democratic and Republican lawmakers seem further entrenched in their partisan corners about whether the president abused his powers. But House Democrats have hinted they will bring other presidential misdeeds into evidence, including deeming a disparaging tweet during a witness' testimony "intimidation".

Several administration officials have testified on Capitol Hill that the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, played a months-long role in a "highly irregular" diplomatic channel to light a fire under Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens. Holmes isn't the only one who claimed to hear the call.

The New York Times reported that Williams, a longtime State Department employee with expertise in Europe and Russian Federation on Pence's national security staff, was one of several officials who listened to Trump's call with Zelensky.

President Donald Trump has said he likes "the idea" of testifying in the impeachment inquiry against him. He told lawmakers overheard a call between Trump and Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, in which the president inquired about Ukraine's willingness to carry out investigations of the Bidens. Republicans control the Senate and have shown little support for Trump's removal. During the call, Sondland had reportedly told Trump that Ukraine was "ready to move forward" with investigations into Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine. The money, approved by the US Congress to help US ally Ukraine combat Russia-backed separatists, was later provided to it.

The poll, the results of which were released Monday, also found that 51% of Americans believe that Trump should be impeached and removed from office due to the alleged Ukraine-US scandal.

During the lunch Mr Sondland used his mobile phone to place the call to Mr Trump.

Pompeo gave one of the Trump administration's rare press conferences Monday to announce another pro-Israel policy and was immediately hit with impeachment questions.

Sondland's text messages with the top United States diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, are a key data point for the impeachment investigation, in which Sondland told Taylor there was "no quid pro quo" after speaking to Trump about the matter.

"Speaker Pelosi invited President Trump to come testify, and I think her invitation is correct".

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