"Our partnership is rooted in the idea that free citizens should be able to exercise their democratic rights, choose their own destiny, and live in peace", Trump's letter says. Some are situational and temporary, such as his argument that the process was illegitimate because it hadn't been authorized by a vote of the full House (which it now has been).
The House investigators said they are interested in particular in Mulvaney's involvement in an effort by Trump, Giuliani and others to withhold a White House meeting from Ukraine's president and almost $400 million in USA military aid at a time when Trump was pressing investigations that could benefit him politically. During his testimony, Taylor accused Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani of orchestrating a campaign to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic 2020 candidate Joe Biden as well as probing Ukraine's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. Amid the blows raining down on the administration, there have been comments that give the president a degree of cover.
Taylor and others have testified that it became clear that Trump, through this irregular channel led by Giuliani, was withholding the funds to get Ukraine to investigate conspiracy theories about the 2016 presidential election and the Bidens.
The Democrats are looking for connections between Yovanovitch's dismissal, the holdup in military assistance for Ukraine and Trump's push for the country to open investigations. What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward the Ukraine, it was incoherent.
United States diplomat told that Ukraine aid held up for corruption probe
The committee also released a trove of text messages between Volker , other diplomats and Ukrainian officials. Zelensky had also discussed the aid with Pence, Sondland said.
The addendum was made public as House investigators are releasing more transcripts in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. "You've got a guy who has a lower approval rating than any other senator in America in his home state, and this same guy, I think people around the Bluegrass State, where my mom and dad went to school and where my dad was from, to calling him "Moscow Mitch" now".
The White House claimed the testimonies only undermined the impeachment inquiry.
Notably, Graham said in September that he might support impeachment if there was evidence of a quid pro quo beyond the White House's memo on Trump's July call with Zelensky. So why did he tell the Ukrainians that there was one?
Where Amb. Sondland clarifies his earlier statement on "quid-pro-quo"... And in a reversal, Sondland submitted an addendum to his testimony, also released by Democrats, that acknowledges for the first time that the call for investigations was linked to a holdup in United States military assistance. Volker said Trump described Ukrainians as "all corrupt, they are all bad people" and that they had "tried to take me down" in the 2016 election. "I have never said such a thing to my embassy colleagues or anyone eIse".
"No amount of salacious media-biased headlines, which are clearly created to influence the narrative, change the fact that the president has done nothing wrong", Grisham said in a statement.