Friday, 06 December, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Reveals Details on Viral White House ‘Meltdown’ Photo

Fiona Hill 'No requirement': House Democrats won't vote on Trump impeachment inquiry 'at this time'
Robin Buchanan | 18 October, 2019, 01:47

At a news conference at the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump said he chose to withhold the aid because of concerns about corruption, later adding that he wanted other European allies to pay for military aid to Ukraine as well.

The Chairman, along with other prominent Democrats, believe Trump struck a quid-pro-quo deal with Zelensky and that he asked Ukraine to conduct opposition research into a political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

"Look, Giuliani does not represent the USA government", Volker reportedly testified as having told Taylor, per Axios sources. The New York Times reported that Bolton had a tense encounter with Sondland on July 10 and instructed Hill to notify Eisenberg about Sondland's work with Giuliani and Mulvaney.

Hill also told the investigators that she had strongly and repeatedly objected to the ouster earlier this year of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to the person familiar with the testimony.

His appearance is especially anticipated since text messages and other witness testimony place him at the center of a foreign policy dialogue with Ukraine that officials feared circumvented normal channels and that is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry of Trump.


Before he testified, Mr Volker handed over text messages between USA diplomats documenting the Trump administration's efforts to have Ukraine investigate the energy company that employed Mr Biden's son when his father was Barack Obama's vice-president. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio said Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Mr Bolton said he would have no comment on the testimony.

Pelosi declined to say whether she agrees with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell's assessment that the House will vote on articles of impeachment by Thanksgiving and the Senate will hold a trial that lasts until late December.

The three committees leading the probe are seeking interviews next week with Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Michael Duffey, another OMB official who leads national security programmes.

A detailed tally of House Democrats' positions on the Trump impeachment inquiry and a possible vote, powered by the reporting of AP journalists, is now available.

Shortly after Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues walked out of the meeting on Wednesday and accused Trump of having a "meltdown" over Syria, the president posted pictures from the meeting on Twitter in order to claim Pelosi was the one who lost her temper.


Ms Yovanovitch said she was "incredulous" at being dismissed by President Trump in May.

The refusal to cooperate could be considered as evidence of obstruction of justice, which would substantiate suspicions about Mr Trump's misconduct, according to an official working on the inquiry who communicated on condition of anonymity.

In that letter, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said House Democrats wanted to "overturn the results of the 2016 election and deprive the American people of the president they have freely chosen".

Schiff defended his comments, saying they were partially a parody.


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