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Trump denies asking attorney general to clear him on Ukraine

Trump denies asking attorney general to clear him on Ukraine”

Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer and special adviser to Pence for Europe and Russian Federation, arrived at the U.S. Capitol to testify in front of members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees after receiving a subpoena to compel her testimony. And Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, had pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden and debunked theories that Ukraine - not Russian Federation - was behind the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

An attorney for Bolton, Charles Cooper, said his client had not received a subpoena.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings next Wednesday and Friday: top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor, career department official George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine.

House impeachment investigators have requested documents from Pence's office, but he has declined to provide them.

A House intelligence committee official said the panel has no interest in engaging in a drawn-out court fight over a subpoena for Bolton and will simply add the White House's instructions against testifying as evidence of the president's obstruction of Congress.

The battle is likely to go to the Supreme Court and could spill into next year.

Sondland knows that proposed arrangement to be a fact, he said, because he was the one who carried the message to a Ukrainian official on the sidelines of a conference in Warsaw with Vice President Mike Pence.

The House investigation is focused on a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden, a leading Democratic rival as Trump seeks re-election in November 2020. Williams was one of a handful of US officials who listened in on the call.

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They are trying to determine whether Trump froze $391 million USA in security assistance for Ukraine to put pressure on Zelensky to conduct the investigation, misusing U.S. foreign policy for his personal gain.

Sondland, in an addendum to his sworn earlier testimony, said that military assistance to the East European ally was being withheld until Ukraine's new president agreed to release a statement about fighting corruption as Trump wanted.

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

Republican lawmakers have spent weeks accusing Democrats of holding "sham" secret hearings in the US Capitol basement and demanding a more open process.

Republicans have been invited to submit requests for witnesses in the first public hearings that start next week and are expected to ask to hear from the whistleblower.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings next Wednesday and Friday: top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor, career department official George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine.

Three US diplomats who have already testified in private about their alarm about Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses next week. Yovanovitch was ousted in May on Trump's orders and Taylor replaced her; both have testified about their concerns with the administration's policy on Ukraine.

"I actually thought the transcript releases, and even what he thought he was supplementing there, proved nothing yesterday and here is why", Conway said, citing page 106 of Sondland's transcript.



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