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It's equally easy to imagine that if Barr had complied with the presidential request, it wouldn't have made much of a difference: the attorney general is already seen as a toadying Trump loyalist, so if he publicly exonerated his boss, few would've taken his rhetoric seriously. Taylor, after all, has also testified about the things he heard about Sondland through Morrison, a now-former White House aide who served on the National Security Council.

Democrats allege that Trump-when he urged Zelensky to "look into" allegations about Ukrainian interference in 2016, as well as the dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden in the country-was offering a quid pro quo in exchange for withheld US military aid.

The state department counselor, Ulrich Brechbuhl, a close associate of Mike Pompeo, was on a plane to Germany with the secretary of state, who is attending events commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

"How else are we going to evaluate the content and the truthfulness of these people if we don't know who they are?"

"He was calling for something, calling for an investigation that didn't exist into the Bidens and Burisma", Vindman said.

"One might say national interest versus partisan interest", Kent said.

Williams was one of a handful of United States officials who listened in on the call.

"I have not talked to the president", Taylor said. And you wouldn't want me out there doing that.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), lashed out at House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, after the House released transcripts of private testimony given by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and former U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.

"Basically since the election, this has been the experience that our administration and our family has been having", she said of continued criticism of the president.

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"Ambassador Taylor makes clear why this military aid and continued bipartisan support for Ukraine are so critically important - and why these efforts to undermine US foreign policy for domestic political reasons were so damaging", the statement said.

Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer and special adviser to Pence for Europe and Russian Federation, was testifying to members of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees after receiving a subpoena to compel her testimony. Yovanovitch will testify on November 15.

Kent had testified for hours in October, telling investigators that he was instructed to "lay low" on Ukraine policy as administration officials and Giuliani were taking the lead, acting outside of regular foreign policy channels.

An anonymous whistleblower filed a complaint in September highlighting potential abuse of power by the president when he telephoned Ukraine's leader and asked him to investigate Trump's potential 2020 election rival Joe Biden.

Hill testified that Bolton shared her concern about what she saw as a push to get Ukraine to conduct the investigations.

He was then asked if he was "aware that quid pro quo literally means this for that?"

While the three diplomats boast years of service under the leadership of both parties, they did not have as close of a view of senior-level decision-making as other officials, such as national security adviser John Bolton, a fact Republicans are likely to bring up.

Sondland, for his part, told investigators that he and other members of a delegation to Zelenskiy's inauguration in May told White House officials upon their return that they wanted to arrange an Oval Office visit for the new president. This week, the White House rebuffed a committee request for Mulvaney to appear.

But the public announcement detailing plans to investigate Biden did not go ahead after news of the military aid freeze became public knowledge and Trump released the funds.