United States official in Kiev added to Thursday's public impeachment hearing

United States official in Kiev added to Thursday's public impeachment hearing

Pelosi extended the invitation ahead of a week that is expected to be jam-packed with witness testimony in the impeachment inquiry. She also said I could do it in writing.

"The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants".

The ABC News/Ipsos poll found that 58 percent of Americans are closely following the House Intelligence Committee hearings on the impeachment probe into Trump.

The President fired back on Twitter Monday saying he would "strongly consider" Pelosi's proposal. The impeachment brouhaha, he said, is "a great fraud being played out against the American people by the Fake News Media and their partner, the Do Nothing Democrats". Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him.

Sondland will testify alone on Wednesday morning (US time).

Trump made his request during a July phone call with Zelensky, which ignited a whistleblower complaint alleging that several Trump administration officials were concerned the president acted illegally.

Republicans have blasted the impeachment hearings as a political sham built largely on hearsay, secret meetings and selective leaks led by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the House Intelligence Committee chairman.

Holmes, who had been subpoenaed to appear last Friday, explained that Sondland had placed the call to Trump, and he could hear Trump because the call was so loud on the terrace of a restaurant in Kiev where they dined with two others.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Trump to step up. The hearings will begin Tuesday morning with testimonies from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, Jennifer Williams, a State Department official, Kurt Volker, former Special Envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, former NSC aide.

Vindman testified in a closed-door deposition last month that he "did not think it was proper" for Trump to seek a Ukrainian investigation of a USA citizen.

"There was no ambiguity", said Vindman, an Army officer detailed to the White House who showed up at the deposition in his military uniform. Fiona Hill, former Russian Federation specialist on the NSC, will deliver the final testimony of the week Thursday.

Ellen Weintraub, the Federal Election Commission chairwoman, has said this year that it is illegal for anyone to ask for, accept or receive "anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a US election". After that, the three committees will submit a report to the Judiciary panel, which will oversee the impeachment process. Democrats say they are still deciding whether to write them.

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