White House budget official expected to break ranks and testify

19 Novembre, 2019, 17:06 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • President Donald Trump speaks during an event on healthcare prices in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Friday Nov. 15 2019 in Washington. (AP

A whistleblower's complaint about that call led to the impeachment inquiry.

Throughout the week, three officials testified before Congress in the first round of public impeachment hearings. Behind closed doors on Saturday, Mark Sandy - who works in the Office of Management and Budget - is expected to discuss why the Trump administration made a decision to withhold $400 million of military aid to Ukraine.

This follows allegations the president withheld the military aid to pressure the foreign nation into investigating political opponent Joe Biden and his son Hunter. In the recently released transcripts of closed-door depositions by Fiona Hill and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the two officials testified against President Trump.

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"These ambassadors were upset that the president somehow was going around them". He then declined to say whether he had confidence in ambassador Bill Taylor, who replaced Yovanovitch, after he provided damaging testimony against the Trump administration in last week's impeachment hearings.

He later added, "We kept coming out of there, saying, 'Look, we understand there's a policy disagreement, people in the State Department didn't like that the president had a special envoy, [they] didn't like that the European Union investor was going over to Ukraine, they didn't like that Rudy Giuliani was investigating what was happening in Ukraine, but tough".

In addition to Holmes, impeachment investigators will take public testimony this week from Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence; Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official; Kurt Volker, former US special envoy to Ukraine; Tim Morrison, a National Security Council official; Sondland; Laura Cooper, a Pentagon official; David Hale, a State Department official, and Hill.

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