Transcripts highlight Sondland's role in pressuring Ukraine

Monday, 18 Nov, 2019

After the call with Trump, which Sondland placed from his mobile phone at the outdoor table over lunch with Holmes and two other people, he remarked the president was in a "bad mood".

They came across as dedicated and serious public servants with deep wells of experience - two US ambassadors to Ukraine, one of whom is a decorated Vietnam veteran and West Point graduate, and a top State Department official with oversight over the country, who, for the past seven years, has overseen efforts to fight corruption in a multipronged way. This may be reverted if Trump agrees to his probe into his presidential opponent in the 2020 elections Joe Biden and the Ukraine business trades of his son Hunter Biden.

On Friday, Trump launched a Twitter attack on a former USA ambassador to Ukraine while she was testifying to an impeachment hearing in Congress, in an extraordinary moment that Democrats said amounted to witness intimidation.

"The president was not yet ready to approve the release of the assistance", said Timothy Morrison, according to a transcript of his October 31st testimony released by House Democrats on Saturday.

Sondland, who has already revised his testimony once, is scheduled to testify publicly on November 20. Democrats are seeking to prove that Trump leveraged military assistance and an Oval Office meeting in exchange for investigations into former vice president Joe Biden and a debunked theory concerning purported Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election. They supplied yet another window into the apprehension during the authorities over Ukraine strain.

"Stay out of it", Bolton told him, "brief the lawyers". They had nothing to invent with "the appropriate form policy job that I was eager in on Ukraine", he testified.

Trump's name - which he has repeatedly termed "perfect" - is on the coronary heart of the Democratic-led inquiry into whether or not the Republican president misused United States worldwide coverage to undermine former Vice President Joe Biden, one in every of his potential opponents within the 2020 election. In addition, we also described Laura Cooper as a GOP-requested witness.

Like Williams, Morrison had been listening in on the July 25th phone call. A whistleblower's complaint about that willpower helped spark the Apartment impeachment investigation.

Last month, Trump abruptly moved U.S. Special Forces from northern Syria at Turkey's urging and as result created a security vacuum for Russian Federation to fill.

The fact that the White House had mentioned a discussion of "rooting out corruption", yet the word "corruption" did not appear in the transcript, was held up as proof of a conspiracy to suppress the "truth". "I was shocked and devastated that I would feature in a phone call between two heads of state in such a manner,"Yovanovitch said in her testimony".

This week was all about the diplomats, about these lifelong public servants, these people who have spent their entire careers not being partisan coming into a very partisan hearing space in this room where there are politicians from both parties trying to score points with their testimony.

The ambassador testified that she was subjected to a "painful" smear campaign before being abruptly pulled from Kiev.

Vindman and Williams are scheduled to testify together during a public impeachment hearing on Tuesday morning.

"My concern was what Gordon was proposing about getting the Ukrainians pulled into our politics", Mr Morrison said. He talked to White Apartment attorney John Eisenberg and they agreed that receive accurate of entry to ought to restful be restricted, he testified.

Morrison said on September 7, Sondland informed him about a telephone call he'd held with Trump. Eisenberg's staff apparently put it there by mistake, he said.

Sandy's name had barely come up in previous testimony.

"They call it 'serving at the pleasure of the President, '" Trump tweeted, referring to the appointment of ambassadors. That day, a authorized doc with Sandy's signature directed a freeze of the soundness money to Ukraine, in accordance to testimony.

Morrison told Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., that he was so concerned about Sondland's actions at the time - and uncertain of any involvement by the president - that he felt the need to keep a record in order to "protect" Trump.

The aide said Mr Trump had asked about "investigations" and Mr Sondland had replied that Ukraine was ready to move forward.

"The president told him there was no quid pro quo, nonetheless President Zelenskiy must announce the outlet of the investigations and he ought to restful desire to invent it", Morrison testified.

"I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?'"