Official says he heard U.S. envoy push for Biden probe


Investigators are preparing to start public hearings in the coming week.

Without getting into specifics, Schiff said he won't let the hearings serve as a vehicle to conduct "sham investigations" into the Bidens or the 2016 election. On Wednesday, Americans will hear from Bill Taylor, the US special envoy to Ukraine; and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.

FILE - Then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter are pictured at a college basketball game in Washington, Jan. 30, 2010.

There is now not this form of thing as a evidence of wrongdoing by both Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine.

A evaluate of extra than 2,600 pages of transcripts released this week from eight witnesses who possess testified within the Dwelling impeachment inquiry over the final six weeks presentations how controversy over Trump's Ukraine coverage had been brewing at some level of the U.S. authorities for months.

Democrats want to know if Trump withheld almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to get President Volodomyr Zelenskiy to publicly commit himself to investigating Joe Biden, a potential Trump rival in the 2020 presidential election, for corruption.

Vindman heard Trump say about CrowdStrike, "They say you have it".

On Saturday, Trump called the soon-to-be-released transcript very important. "I will give you a second transcript, because I had two calls with the president of Ukraine".

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-John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, was aware of "many relevant meetings and conversations" related to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators have not yet learned about, his attorney Charles Cooper wrote in a letter to the House general counsel.

President Donald Trump said he will release the transcript of another phone call with the president of Ukraine "probably" on Tuesday.

"The witch hunt continues, lot of witch hunt continues", he told reporters outside the White House about the inquiry.

"If Mr. Mulvaney had information that contradicts the consistent and incriminating testimony of numerous public servants, Mr. Mulvaney would be eager to testify, instead of hiding behind the President's ongoing efforts to hide the truth".

He told lawmakers that he believes ties between the U.S. and Ukraine have been damaged by the administration's actions.

Ms Hill testified that she heard Mr Sondland bring up Burisma at the meeting, according to a separate transcript of her testimony released last Friday. And the testimony of at least one witness links Trump to the decision to withhold almost $400 million in security aid for Ukraine until that country announced it would pursue the investigations into his political rivals.

"That was the message - Zelenskiy needed to go to a microphone, and basically there needed to be three words in the message, and that was the shorthand", Kent was quoted as saying.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council (NSC) director for European affairs who listened in on both calls, testified in the impeachment inquiry on October 29, telling lawmakers that he twice raised concerns about the conversation with the NSC's lead counsel.