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Trump says transcript of "second" Ukraine call will "probably" be released Tuesday

10 November 2019

House Republicans on Saturday submitted a list of witnesses they'd like to testify as part of the chamber's impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

Vindman also said he wanted to amend the White House's rough transcript of the call in three places, notably by filling in the ellipses when Trump was discussing CrowdStrike, the security firm that's central to the alternative theory of 2016 election interference and a server storing Hillary Clinton's emails.

The hundreds of pages of transcripts showed the investigation's deep reach into the White House ahead of next week's public hearings.

The White House has not responded to a request for comment in reaction to the statement.

Trump said the "real world impact" of her work at the White House motivates her to continue doing what she is doing: "It's certainly not the joy and the accolades, it's the impact, it's the results, and that's what motivates you and keeps you going".

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Trump said he first spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in April, but his communication with Zelensky in July has so far been the focus of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

Speaking to the Guardian on Friday, Frank O Bowman III, author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump and a professor at the University of Missouri school of law, said the White House "gag rule" on senior advisers testifying was "completely abnormal".

Trump's dealings with Ukraine first came under scrutiny after a whistleblower raised alarm over a July conversation between the two presidents.

-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.

As for whether she would plan to stay in the administration for another four years should her father be reelected, she said "I don't know" because it will ultimately depend on the needs of her family. While those two share an attorney, Mulvaney has a different lawyer. "They asked for it and I gladly give it". She said she heard Sondland mention Burisma.

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The Republican request to have Biden's son Hunter, the whistleblower and six other people testify intensifies the political battle between Republicans and Democrats to shape the narrative of the probe.

"You'll read the second call, and you'll tell me if there's anything wrong with it", he said.

-Altogether, Republicans want to hear public testimony from eight people they identified, some of whom have already testified privately.

Vindman described the April call as "positive", in which "the President expressed his desire to work with President Zelensky and extended an invitation to visit the White House", according to a transcript (pdf) of his closed-door hearing released by the House Intelligence Committee.

At one point in Vindman's testimony, his lawyer objected to questions from Republicans he believed were meant to draw out the identity of the whistleblower who filed the initial complaint. In reality, the aid needed to begin moving through the system two weeks earlier - around 15 September - due to the requirement of a two-week notification to Congress, Bloomberg said.

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Pressed repeatedly, Volkov said, "He tells you he's not the whistleblower, OK?"

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