United States diplomat says was urged to tweet support for Trump

Trump without giving evidence suggested the whistleblower could potentially be guilty of fraud

Trump without giving evidence suggested the whistleblower could potentially be guilty of fraud

President Donald Trump is talking optimistically about the 2020 elections, despite the warning signs for Republicans that came out of Kentucky, Virginia and elsewhere Tuesday.

Later, when speaking with CNN, he said attacks on the whistleblower are inappropriate.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said that the whistleblower's identity is no longer relevant. Alexander Vindman both said they were extremely troubled by the president's communications with Ukraine.

"Qs can not seek identifying info, regarding which we will not provide, or otherwise be inappropriate. And that's what we are", Trump said. The firm's founder, Andrew Bakaj, confirmed that his law firm is also representing "multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General". "That is not our role".

The whistleblower, a USA intelligence official who complained about Trump's July 25 telephone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has in recent days increasingly become a target of noisy attacks by Trump, his allies in Congress and the conservative media, all of whom have pushed for the whistleblower to be named.

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The run-off election offers the president an opportunity to pick up a win in a rare Democratic-held governor's seat in the Deep South and change the narrative after a pair of apparent setbacks this week for Republicans in Kentucky and Virginia.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing or a "quid pro quo". Other State Department officials have already appeared in front of the inquiry panel, defying a White House order to steer clear.

A number of Trump allies have counseled the president not to unveil the whistleblower's identity.

"Reveal the Whistleblower and end the Impeachment Hoax!"

McKinley, a 37-year career diplomat, testified that he made a decision to resign from his post as a senior adviser to Pompeo after his repeated efforts to get the State Department to issue a statement of support for Yovanovitch after the transcript of the Trump-Zelenskiy phone call was released.

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"Do your job and print his name", Paul said to the media. "It was totally appropriate". "I still am", Yovanovitch said about Trump's remarks.

The committees have heard testimony behind closed doors for weeks and the inquiry is moving into a public phase.

Adam Schiff, the Chairman of House of Intelligence leading the investigation along with chairs of two other panels said that the recent testimonies showcase the "contamination of USA foreign policy" with the creation of irregular backchannel in order to gain advances in President's personal as well as political interests. He disappeared after I released the transcript.

Asked about her as he left on a campaign trip Monday, Trump had a more equivocal comment: "I'm sure she's a very fine woman".

"Congress needs to stage up and protect the president" Rand Paul said. "We are going to move as soon as the facts and the truth dictate that we have".

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The Senate Intelligence Committee is also interested in the whistleblower, according to Sen. But most experts believe that based on what is now known, an impeachment in the House would set up an impeachment trial in the Senate, where the president would likely be acquitted.

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