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Impeachment testimony also gives Trump a quid pro quo defence

10 November 2019

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has stood up Democrats in their impeachment inquiry, skipping his 9 a.m. deposition as Democrats wrap up closed-door interviews and move into a public phase of the investigation.

On 5 November Mr Sondland abruptly changed his testimony to Congress, saying he now recalled telling a top adviser to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky that almost $400m in military aid to Kyiv would not be released unless the Ukraine government announced an investigation - that President Trump wanted - into the business dealings of Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

Mr Sondland made headlines after and suggesting that a potentially impeachable offence had been committed by President Trump. Finally, Mr. Sondland concluded that Mr. Trump was withholding USA military aid to force Mr. Zelensky's hand and communicated that to one of the Ukrainian's top aides. "And I'd gladly give it". "Rather, the White House instruction that he not appear will add to the evidence of the president's obstruction of Congress".

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Congressional Democrats also released testimony from Mr Kurt Volker, Mr Trump's former special representative for Ukraine negotiations. A slew of current and former officials from the State Department and White House have appeared over the last several weeks and largely corroborated the same narrative - that Trump had delegated his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to guide U.S. -Ukraine policy and that the two men were focused on pressuring Ukraine as the administration withheld military aid from the country.

Mr Sondland submitted the supplemental testimony on Monday after testimony by other officials, including Mr William Taylor, the top USA diplomat at the embassy in Kiev. Besides, he said, he always thought it was fine to call on Ukraine to conduct such a probe "because that is just a matter of, you know, we don't want anybody interfering in our elections". When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

"It just never ceases to amaze me how all of these people in every material aspect corroborate one another", Heck said.

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On November 5, Mr. Sunderland suddenly changed his testimony against Congress, saying that he now recalls a senior adviser who told Ukrainian President Vladimir Zellensky.

And even as new testimony emerged Tuesday from a Trump ally that shores up the allegations of a quid pro quo, Trump's critics shouldn't overlook other testimony that appears to put some distance between Trump and the pressure exerted on Ukraine. Pence called the impeachment inquiry a "disgrace".

"We regret Mr. Bolton's decision not to appear voluntarily, but we have no interest in allowing the administration to play rope-a-dope with us in the courts for months", a House Intelligence Committee official told the Post.

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It's also clear that any number of people in the administration believed that the marching orders on Ukraine were coming from Trump, or at least reflected what the president expressly wanted.

Impeachment testimony also gives Trump a quid pro quo defence