Monday, 27 January, 2020


Mulvaney subpoenaed to testify in House impeachment probe

Patty Aguilar | 09 November, 2019, 14:13

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, walks to a secure area at the Capitol to interview a witness in the House impeachment inquiry in Washington on November 6, 2019.

Former wrestlers coached by Jordan have previously said the Republican congressman was told about sexual abuse by the team doctor but failed to intervene to stop it.

"That was the message...."

Kent told investigators that that was his understanding of what Trump wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to say in order to unlock USA military aid, as relayed to the official by others, including those in direct contact with the president.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and accused Democrats of unfairly targeting him in hope of reversing his surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election.

A transcript of Kent's deposition was released on Thursday.

"His assertions and allegations against former ambassador Yovanovitch were without basis, untrue, period", Kent told lawmakers, during a closed-door session on October 15 as part of the impeachment probe of Trump.

Republicans said on Friday they are moving U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, one of President Donald Trump's most tenacious defenders, onto the congressional committee that will hold public hearings next week on Trump's possible impeachment. The second hearing, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, could include testimony from former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, NBC News reported. According to Hill's account of events, Bolton instructed her to notify the National Security Council of the Trump administration's activities, calling them a "drug deal".

Sondland was eventually subpoenaed and testified behind closed doors.

Lawmakers were seeking information from Williams about how much Pence knew about efforts by Trump and those around him to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as look into possible Ukraine interference in the 2016 US election. On Thursday, an aide to vice president Mike Pence appeared under subpoena and was deposed for more than four hours.

Williams was one of a handful of U.S. officials who listened in on the call.

The Washington Post, citing people familiar with Bolton's views, said he is willing to testify but wants to see how a court battle between Congress and the White House over the constitutionality of the subpoenas shakes out first. Pence has said he and the Ukrainian president did not discuss Biden during their closed-door meeting, but they did discuss the White House's decision to halt security aid meant to counter Russian aggression.

Senate Republicans have so far shown little appetite for ousting the president.

Though Trump has said there was no "quid pro quo", several of the witnesses, including top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor, have testified that it was their understanding that Ukraine would not receive military assistance or a coveted Oval Office visit until it met the president's demands.

Democrats have countered that any quid pro quos are usually in furtherance of USA interests overseas, not the personal interests of a president looking to damage a potential 2020 election rival.

In a letter sent on Wednesday to Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and a strong Trump supporter, the whistleblower's lawyers reiterated that their client was willing to answer written questions.

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