House public impeachment hearings resume with four witnesses

House public impeachment hearings resume with four witnesses

However, one senior White House official said no such meeting had been scheduled, The Times reported.

Eight more witnesses are due to testify in the second week of the televised hearings.

Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted ambassador to Ukraine - who seems to have been removed to enable a channel to pressure on Zelensky, according to other testimonies - was testifying before Congress on Friday when Trump bashed her career on Twitter.

Perhaps the most anticipated witness is Sondland, since he spoke multiple times to the president about Ukraine policy. "Ambassador Sondland replied that 'He's going to do it, ' adding that President Zelensky will, quote, 'do anything you ask him to'". Morrison also said he had heard "second-hand" that others in the White House had concerns Vindman had improperly accessed information he wasn't supposed to see.

Sondland called Trump as they dined at a Kyiv restaurant for lunch. Nor did he make the connection after Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, mentioned the allegations against Joe Biden during a July 19 breakfast, Volker said.

The overheard call came a day after a call between the two presidents that is at the heart of the Democratic probe.

In his closed-door deposition, Morrison said he knew of at least five direct conversations between Sondland and President Trump.

But Democrats are hoping he sheds new light on the discussions.

Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine, arrives for a closed-door interview with House investigators, at the Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2019.

Trump is the fourth US president to face an impeachment inquiry.

Last week, lawmakers heard from three current or former White House officials including Bill Taylor, the top USA diplomat in Ukraine; George Kent, a top State Department official; and Marie Yovanovitch, former US ambassador to Ukraine.

On Tuesday morning, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council aide, and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence detailed from the State Department, will testify.

Volker was the first person to testify behind closed doors in the inquiry that started in September, resigning his position shortly before he did so.

But so far the White House has refused to let them testify and release the records.

House General Counsel Douglas Letter told a federal appeals court in Washington on Monday that Trump may have been untruthful in written responses for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Vindman, a Kiev-born NSC specialist on Ukraine, became the subject of national attention in late October, when he told the House in closed testimony that unidentified "outside influencers" had been promoting a "false and alternative narrative of Ukraine" which was "harmful to United States national security". "Despite some of the speculation, the President has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues", Conley said. At the conclusion of Intelligence Committee hearings, whether they end this week or later, the Judiciary Committee will review the resulting report and may hold some hearings of its own before potentially drawing up articles of impeachment to be voted on by the full House. "We are defending the democracy from your corruption and coverups, bigotry and bribery", he wrote. However, a lengthy Senate impeachment trial could remain a dark cloud over markets.

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