Trump and Giuliani remain in touch as impeachment drama heats up

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The top USA diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Donald Trump directed officials to tie military aid to Ukraine to demands that the country open political advantageous probes, according to a transcript of his testimony made public Wednesday. Some are situational and temporary, such as his argument that the process was illegitimate because it hadn't been authorized by a vote of the full House (which it now has been).

"It's sad that that's where we find ourselves but the fact is there is nothing that the president has done, that Rudy Giuliani has done, that anybody I have worked with over there has done that I would consider not in the proper purview and done appropriately", he told Dallas-based KLIF. Amid the blows raining down on the administration, there have been comments that give the president a degree of cover.

A story told by Matthew Karnitschnig, the chief European journalist of the Department of Political Affairs, suggests that until recently, Ambassador Sunderland was reluctant to contact reporters.

Unless Ukraine is provided with almost $400 million in military assistance to Kiev, the government announced a survey that President Trump hopes to investigate to investigate the business dealings of Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

At a news conference last month, Mulvaney said Trump withheld the aid over concerns of corruption in the Ukrainian government and how the money would be spent.

"I am honored to be part of the team committed to defending President Trump against this phony claim. being carried out by craven Democrats on Capitol Hill". It was a reference to Mr Trump's view, pushed by his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani but outside of mainstream United States intelligence, that Ukraine played a role interfering in the election. "This drive to get Trump's attention may have gone a little too far here in engaging with Ukraine and trying to do Trump's bidding".

And Perry held a June 18 meeting at the Energy Department on Ukraine policy where "how to address Mr. Giuliani's continued calls for a corruption investigation", was discussed, Christopher Anderson, a state department official, said in prepared remarks to House impeachment investigators October 30.

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Numerous current and former Trump officials have testified that the president was conditioning U.S. aid on Ukraine publicly investigating Democrats including his potential 2020 political foe Joe Biden and Mr Biden's son.

Politicians asked if he was aware that "quid pro quo" meant "this for that".

After Bolton left the one meeting, he told Hill to follow the group into the next and report back to him. Because he "presumed" that's what Trump wanted, Sondland told the committees, based on what he'd previously been told by Giuliani - with whom he'd met at Trump's direction.

Mr. Sondland said he believed the demand to investigate Mr. Biden was "improper" and probably illegal. Vindman explained to the lawmakers he found it concerning because if a more powerful United States asked Ukraine to investigate a private US citizen, Kiev may think it's in its national security interests to do so and deliver results favorable to Washington. "I haven't seen it recently, but I'll give it to them".

That testimony dovetails with the "no harm, no foul" point Trump's defenders have made, namely, that the aid to Ukraine was eventually released without Zelenskiy publicly calling for an investigation of the Bidens or of Ukraine's involvement in the 2016 election.

But Trump made an exception for Sondland, whom he called "highly respected".

He initially supported Trump's competitor Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election. Volker was asked. To which he replied, "Yeah". Now he may be remembered for something else: being one of the "three amigos" at the center of the House impeachment inquiry. It's not clear the Ukrainians, who desperately needed US aid to keep Russia-backed rebels at bay, felt the same way, however. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

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