Trump 'intimidating' to ex-envoy as new call details revealed

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The testimony by Mr. Holmes, an aide to Mr. Taylor, ties Mr. Trump more directly to a pressure campaign in Ukraine to investigate the Bidens led by Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Morrison was one of several officials who listened in on the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy.

On this October 17, 2019, file U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, heart, arrives for a interview with the Property Committee on Abroad Affairs, Home Everlasting Select Committee on Intelligence, and Property Committee on Oversight and Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Holmes' closed-door deposition comes after the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, provided testimony to the House Intelligence Committee during the second public impeachment hearing.

The testimony by Morrison and other senior administration officials has rounded out the story told by a CIA whistleblower who filed an official complaint to the intelligence community inspector general in August.

Morrison also testified about a conversation that he had with Sondland on September 1. That is until an hour later, when Trump fired off a tweet hotly critical of Yovanovitch as she was testifying.

Earlier this month, the US ambassador to the European Union, revised his earlier testimony acknowledging to investigators that he had told a high-ranking Ukrainian official that Zelenskiy's government would have to commit to an investigation in order to receive millions in allocated military aid.

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"I recommended to them that we restrict access to the package. that we did not need quite so many people to have access to the package", said Morrison, who left the NSC a day before testifying.

According to the newly released testimony, Williams also provided details on Pence's September 1 meeting with Zelensky and highlighted how concerned Zelensky was about United States military aid being withheld, saying it was the first question he asked Pence when the press left their bilateral meeting in Warsaw, Poland.

An aide to Vice President Mike Pence told lawmakers that she was on a call between Pence and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and that it was "similar" to the April 21 call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart.

On Friday, a State Department official, David Holmes, testified that he was with Sondland in Ukraine the day after the July 25 call.

The depositions were made public as another official arrived on Capitol Hill to answer questions on the White House's withholding of almost US$400 million in congressionally allocated military aid for Ukraine.

Other GOP defenders of the president struck an upbeat tone about the proceedings so far, despite damaging testimony suggesting that military aid to Ukraine was used by the White House to try to force Ukraine to dig up dirt on Trump's potential 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

While some, including Mr Trump himself, have begun to question Mr Sondland's knowledge of events, Mr Morrison told House investigators the ambassador "related to me he was acting - he was discussing these matters with the President". Zelensky invites Trump to his inauguration, and Trump says they'll meet soon, whether at the inauguration or elsewhere. Bolton told William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, to send a first-person cable to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the situation.

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Trump pressed Zelensky on a July 25 phone call to open those investigations - a conversation whose interpretation lies at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

Mr Ropp highlights that Russian President Putin has made Ukraine a "red line" for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation encroachment as the two sides battle for territorial and political dominance in Eastern Europe.

"I was afraid ... if it leaked it would become a partisan political issue", he said, adding, "I wanted to essentially put myself between my staff and that issue".

Multiple witnesses overheard a phone call in which Trump and Sondland reportedly discussed efforts to push for the investigations.

Trump has described the phone call, a rough transcript of which was released by the White House days after the impeachment inquiry was launched by House Democrats, as "perfect". "They are trying to impeach @realDonaldTrump what Biden did".

However Morrison claimed Eisenberg in a while instructed him that he didn't intend for the join with abstract to be positioned on a vastly categorized server.

For Ukraine, a former Soviet republic situated between NATO-allies and Russian Federation, the $391 million in aid is its lifeline to the West.

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