Trump admits inquiry makes it harder to do job

Cheryl Sanders
October 8, 2019

As pressure mounted over the weekend, Trump pushed back in typical fashion Sunday and accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - who announced impeachment proceedings last month - of being guilty of "treason", and called for her to be impeached. Mr Trump says it's a witch-hunt and he did nothing wrong.

The materials are "necessary for the committees to examine. the reasons behind the White House's decision to withhold critical military assistance to Ukraine that was appropriated by Congress to counter Russian aggression", wrote House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, foreign affairs panel head Eliot Engel and oversight committee head Elijah Cummings.

A second whistle-blower from the US intelligence community has alleged wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in his dealings with Ukraine, intensifying an impeachment investigation by lawmakers that is expected to pick up speed this week.

The complaint filed by the first whistleblower is what sparked the impeachment investigation. "Simply put, he or she has done what our law demands; now he or she deserves our protection".

The House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees are investigating Trump's actions pressing Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son.

Trump has strongly denied any wrongdoing. Trump additionally withheld lots of of tens of millions of in navy help to Ukraine.

The chairmen cited media reports as saying that days before his call with Zelensky, Trump ordered Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to put US military aid to Ukraine on hold, and that Mulvaney conveyed the order "through the budget office to the Pentagon and the State Department, which were told only that the administration was looking at whether the spending was necessary".

Asked whether he believed the president was joking or in any way not serious when he suggested publicly that China should investigate the Bidens, Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, responded: "I don't honestly know".

Zaid, who represents each whistleblowers, informed The Related Press that the brand new whistleblower works within the intelligence discipline and has spoken to the intelligence neighborhood's inside watchdog.

Those texts show Sondland seeking to downplay the concerns of another us diplomat, William Taylor, that the United States was withholding the aid to Ukraine in order to secure its cooperation. But now a second whistleblower has come forward to corroborate the information, and a cache of text messages echoes the concerns that have been laid out.

Welch, Vermont's sole representative in the House, said he's already seen enough evidence to be convinced that the president committed an impeachable offense.

Last week subpoenas were delivered to the White House and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a move that the top U.S. diplomat branded "harassment".

He said the department sent a letter to Congress on Friday night as its initial response to the document request.

Asked how the CIA might assess the stability of the U.S. - as the agency does with other countries - Brennan said: "We would look at it as a very corrupt government that is under the sway, right now, of this powerful individual who has been able to just corrupt the institutions and the laws of that country".

- Trump said the impeachment inquiry is a "scam" that is driving his poll numbers higher, but admitted it "makes it harder to do my job". Trump and many Republicans on Capitol Hill say the recording is exculpatory because there is no explicit quid-pro-quo between the leaders.

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