Republicans in Impeachment Probe Want to Question Biden's Son, Whistleblower

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Two White House national security officials sounded alarms about improper pressure on Ukraine in early July, well before President Donald Trump's bombshell phone call with Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky, according to impeachment testimony released Friday.

"Now, they want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call, and I'm willing to provide that", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump, about to leave the White House on a trip to Georgia, tells the press on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, that there should be no public hearings during the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry against him, and called the whole process a "hoax".

The testimony from Taylor, the top USA diplomat in Ukraine, further connects the Trump administration to a quid-pro-quo agreement involving Ukraine that is now at the heart of the House impeachment inquiry.

He says, "No one seems to have any first-hand knowledge" and claims that, "Every one of those people canceled themselves out".

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House Democrats are ratcheting up aggressively their inquiry, announcing that public impeachment hearings would be held next week. On Wednesday, Americans will hear from Bill Taylor, the USA special envoy to Ukraine; and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.

A vital title in the GOP record is Hunter Biden - that the son of former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden - whose company deals in Ukraine were in the middle of Trump's attempts to own that nation launch an investigation of his political rival. Both Kent and Taylor testified about their concerns about her dismissal as the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, took a leading role on Ukraine policy.

Asked whether there had been any discussion of getting Hunter Biden off the board, or removing Ukraine from the vice president's portfolio, Kent said there wasn't.

Investigators enter a new phase next week when they begin publicly questioning witnesses after weeks of closed-door testimony.

But Republicans need the committee's approval to summon their witnesses and Democrats are in the majority.

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A plain reading of the transcript of the call (pdf), released by the White House on September 25, revealed that Trump had asked Zelensky to look into Biden's dealings in Ukraine but seemingly hadn't pressured him.

A evaluate of extra than 2,600 pages of transcripts released this week from eight witnesses who possess testified within the Dwelling impeachment inquiry over the final six weeks presentations how controversy over Trump's Ukraine coverage had been brewing at some level of the United States authorities for months.

In asking for the whistleblower, Nunes said that Trump "should be afforded an opportunity to confront his accusers". Taylor said in the interview that he hadn't spoken directly to Trump and Giuliani. "This is a witch hunt at the highest level, and it's so bad for our country". "But set that aside-I believe it was inappropriate; I do not believe it was impeachable", he added.

He was asked if he was aware that "quid pro quo" meant "this for that".

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