House Democrats are accusing the president of leveraging his office and withholding US aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate and obtain information on a political opponent-2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Vindman also said he wanted to amend the White House's rough transcript of the call in three places, notably by filling in the ellipses when Trump was discussing CrowdStrike, the security firm that's central to the alternative theory of 2016 election interference and a server storing Hillary Clinton's emails.
The testimony details how top U.S. officials were alarmed that Trump had outsourced Ukraine policy to his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who had pushed top Ukraine officials to publicly announce an investigation into the Bidens and to pursue a conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 elections to help Democrats.
By distinction, she argued her family has instead built its success based on business, prior to and independent of coming to the White House.More news: Prince Harry hints at having second baby with Meghan Markle
Alexander Vindman, a National Security Counsel official who participated in the call, said in a closed hearing before the House Intelligence Committee that the call summary released by the White House had removed certain words and phrases.
President Trump has pushed back on these allegations, calling the inquiry a "hoax" and stating that his interactions with the foreign government were "perfect". According to Vindman's recollections and his contemporaneous notes of the call, Mr. Trump's comments that "there are recordings" were replaced in the call summary by ellipses.
A financial disclosure form Biden released this year shows he and his wife, Jill, took in more than $15 million since leaving the Obama White House, including a lucrative book deal. "And I'm willing to provide that", Trump said before boarding Air Force One for Alabama. While those two share an attorney, Mulvaney has a different lawyer.
She testified that at the second White House meeting, Sondland "as I came in, was talking about how he had an agreement with Chief of Staff Mulvaney for a meeting with the Ukrainians if they were going to go forward with investigations".More news: Michael Bloomberg takes a step towards the USA presidential race
She said the individual's identity is not "particularly relevant" to her, "aside from what the motivation behind all of this was".
After the July 25 call, Vindman again reported his concerns to Eisenberg. "Now, I'll give you a second transcript because I actually had two calls with the President of Ukraine so you'll read the second call and you'll tell me if you think there's anything wrong with it", Mr. Trump added.
Biden spent more than 30 years representing DE in the US Senate before serving eight years as vice president and Ivanka Trump said he "created wealth as a derivative of that".
There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden in Ukraine.
Vindman heard Trump say about CrowdStrike, "They say you have it". "As we have said many times, we will not allow this President, and those who seek to protect him at all costs, to play rope-a-dope in the courts with the impeachment inquiry", an official working on the impeachment inquiry said in a statement to CNN.More news: Toyota and BYD join forces for EV development in China
A person, presumably a Republican, identified only as "voice" interjects: "We're uncomfortable impeaching the president".