Published: Wed, November 06, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Ambassador acknowledges saying Ukraine aid depended on support for probes

Ambassador acknowledges saying Ukraine aid depended on support for probes

In this October 17, 2019 file photo, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington.

Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told House investigators in a revised supplemental statement on Monday that he had told Ukrainian officials that they likely wouldn't receive almost $400 million in aid unless they publicly committed to conducting investigations that President Trump wanted, according to documents released Tuesday by the House impeachment committees.

Transcripts were also released Monday as Democrats move toward the public phase of their impeachment inquiry, with public hearings conducted by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees likely in the coming weeks.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees, told reporters just before 10 a.m. that neither Griffith nor Duffey had appeared and were unlikely to do so.

In a letter sent Tuesday afternoon, the House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry said they want to learn what Mulvaney knows about Trump's efforts to press for an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

"I was shocked", she said of learning from Assistant Secretary of State Philip Reeker that Trump had wanted her to leave her post for months. "A person like me that has advocated for whistleblowers for a long period of time, including this whistleblower, I want maximum protection for whistleblowers".

Fiona Hill, a former top Russian Federation adviser on the NSC, said Bolton described what was happening as a "drug deal" and described the president's lawyer Giuliani as a "hand grenade" who was going to blow everyone up.In his prepared testimony to the committees on October 17, Sondland wrote that "neither Ambassador Bolton, Dr. Hill, nor anyone else on the NSC staff ever expressed any concerns to me about our efforts, any complaints about coordination between State and the NSC, or, most importantly, any concerns that we were acting improperly". On Tuesday, Congress released Sondland's full testimony, along with an addendum he submitted to investigators this week.

Schiff plans to release two more transcripts today.

Gordon Sondland says he now remembers telling a Ukrainian official that U.S. military aid "likely" hinged on a political inquiry sought by Mr Trump.

On Monday, Democrats released the first two transcripts, which they said showed the "contamination of US foreign policy by an irregular back channel that sought to advance the President's personal and political interests, and the serious concerns that this activity elicited across our government". Diplomats have testified to the mounting concerns in the State Department over Trump's interest in having a foreign ally investigate Biden.

Trump on Sunday said that Republicans should release their own transcripts, even though each witness will have a chance to review the official transcript to ensure accuracy.

Read Kurt Volker's text messages.

A key witness in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry has reversed his evidence, indicating he did believe there was a quid pro quo in which USA military aid would be denied to Ukraine unless it publicly launched a corruption investigation into Joe Biden. "I was very concerned", she said.

That pivotal May 23 meeting raised red flags when Trump told them to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, on Ukraine issues.

The White House has instructed its officials not to comply with the impeachment inquiry being led by House Democrats.

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