House Democrats on Friday released the closed-door testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a top specialist on Ukraine on the National Security Council. When asked precisely what investigations Sondland said were needed, Vindman testified, "he was talking about the 2016 elections and an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma", the gas company where Biden's son served on the board.
William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, told the investigators he understood that the security assistance, and not just a White House meeting for Ukraine's new president, was conditioned on the country committing to investigations of Joe Biden and the 2016 election. "And I quit", should that hypothetical scenario unfold, he said.
In an October 17 press conference, Mulvaney stated that Trump put a hold on aid money to Ukraine at the time - which is the most likely reason Democrats are pressuring the chief of staff to testify.
He added that during a July 10 meeting between USA and Ukrainian officials, Sondland said "the Ukrainians would have to deliver an investigation into the Bidens".
Ambassador Kurt Volker, the former special USA representative for Ukraine negotiations, also put some distance between Trump and the alleged quid pro quo.More news: Statistics Canada: B.C. unemployment rate best in country
In transcripts released Monday and Tuesday, State Department officials detailed Yovanovitch's removal and Giuliani's dealings with the department, White House and Ukraine.
A whistleblower's complaint about that call triggered the impeachment probe, which also focuses on allegations that Trump was holding up military aid to Ukraine, which fears aggression by its neighbor Russian Federation, until he got a public declaration of the Ukrainian investigation.
"It's sad that that's where we find ourselves but the fact is there is nothing that the president has done, that Rudy Giuliani has done, that anybody I have worked with over there has done that I would consider not in the proper purview and done appropriately", he told Dallas-based KLIF. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.
Speaking to reporters as he left on a campaign trip, Trump said he was "not concerned about anything" that has been disclosed so far. So why did he tell the Ukrainians that there was one? She said she heard Sondland mention Burisma.More news: Celtic Gave Us Chances, We Didn't Take Them, Lazio Star Laments
"This is a direct quote from Ambassador Bolton: 'You go and tell Eisenberg that I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up on this, and you go and tell him what you've heard and what I've said'". "It was a demand for him to fulfill this particular prerequisite in order to get the meeting".
Trump was referring to an April 21 call where he congratulated Zelensky on his victory in the Ukraine presidential election.
"An official working on the inquiry said the House intelligence panel subpoenaed Mulvaney because other testimony indicated he 'could shed additional light on the president's abuse of the power of his office for his personal gain", the Associated Press reported. "This one's not, well not everyone's cup of tea, as you say".
Sondland said he still doesn't know why the aid to Ukraine was suspended.
At one point in Vindman's testimony, his lawyer objected to questions from Republicans he believed were meant to draw out the identity of the whistleblower who filed the initial complaint. "He says he feels uncomfortable about it. Try and respect his feelings at this point".More news: House Republicans Request Hunter Biden Testify in Public Impeachment Hearing