Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Whistleblower's lawyer sends cease and desist letter to White House: repott

Whistleblower's lawyer sends cease and desist letter to White House: repott

The top White House aide was subpoenaed by House Democrats late Thursday night. Both testified about their concerns as Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate Democrats.

On Thursday a lawyer for a whistleblower told the White House that Mr Trump's rhetoric was placing his client and family in physical danger.

Mulvaney's move in court adds him to the ongoing case of another uncooperative impeachment witness, former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, who sued House members and the White House before his scheduled testimony, asking a court to resolve whether he should follow the White House's orders that he is immune from testimony or the House's subpoena.

Williams was one of a handful of U.S. officials who listened in on the call. That claim is contradicted by the whistle-blower report and Sondland, who said in supplemental testimony this week the withholding of aid was directly tied to the president's pressure for a Biden investigation.

He also wanted to substitute "Burisma" at a point where the transcript says that Zelenskiy tells Trump that Ukraine will look into "the company that you mentioned".

Hill also is said to have told investigators that her then-boss, then-national security adviser John Bolton, also didn't want to go along with Trump's plan.

Fiona Hill, a former White House adviser on Russian Federation, arrives for a closed-door meeting as part of the House impeachment inquiry on Monday.

Republicans have been invited to submit requests for witnesses in the first public hearings that start next week and are expected to ask to hear from the whistleblower.

The letter, written by attorney Andrew Bakaj, asks White House counsel Pat Cipolloneto to advise Trump of the "legal and ethical peril in which he is placing himself should anyone be physically harmed" because of Trump's or his surrogate's actions, The Hill reported. But as this annotation shows, most of the complaint has been corroborated during closed-door depositions of administration officials, through public statements and from a rough transcript of the call itself, released by the White House.

In text messages Volker gave to investigators, US diplomats discussed the Trump administration's interest in getting Ukraine to investigate potential 2016 election interference and Burisma.

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, another career diplomat with experience in the country, will testify on Nov 13.

Pressed on how it came to be that Sondland, a wealthy businessman who has become a key figure in the impeachment probe played such a pivotal role in Ukraine policy, Hill testified she was dismayed by the idea.

President Trump has noted that impeachment efforts began against him nearly as soon as he took office, highlighting a Washington Post article from the day he was inaugurated detailing the push.

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