Trump downplays impeachment inquiry as public hearings approach

11 Novembre, 2019, 15:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Greg Nash According to a report President Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to publicly say Trump broke no laws

"I have no idea who they are", he told reporters.

President Donald Trump said he is open to the possibility of releasing a transcript of another phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that preceded the July conversation between the two leaders that triggered House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

In September, the White House published a transcript of Trump's July telephone conversation with Zelensky, during which he asked several times that his government investigate Biden, an incident that sparked the Democratic inquiry that could lead to the impeachment of the USA president.

Mr. Bakaj also threatened legal repercussions against Mr. Trump if he did not stop his public criticism, including calls for media outlets to print the whistleblower's name.

Kent explained to investigators that that was his understanding of what Trump needed Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to say in buy to unlock US military services help, as relayed to the formal by other people, which includes those in direct speak to with the president. This is just like the Russian witch hunt. "I haven't seen it recently, but I'll give it to them". "I don't like doing it because it's such a bad precedent", Trump said.

Zaid, who has fiercely defended his client as some Republicans are calling for the whistleblower's identity to be made public, lashed out at efforts to identify the whistleblower, saying in a tweet on Friday that "protecting whistleblowers is supposed to be nonpartisan issue".

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"They shouldn't be having public hearings; this is a hoax", said Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing.

Jordan, one of Trump's most vocal defenders in the lower chamber, has played a leading role in the impeachment hearings held behind closed doors.

That's according to the transcript, introduced Thursday, of an impeachment inquiry interview with vocation Condition Section formal George Kent.

- John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, was aware of "many relevant meetings and conversations" related to the Ukraine pressure campaign that House impeachment investigators have not yet learned about, his attorney Charles Cooper wrote in a letter to the House general counsel.

- Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Office of Management and Budget associate director Marky Sandy defied House investigator subpoenas and were no-shows for their scheduled depositions.

After nearly a month of calling for greater transparency in the inquiry, the White House changed its strategy this week by prohibiting several of its officials from even testifying behind closed doors before the lower house committees.



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