National security officials objected to stopping Ukraine aid

Cheryl Sanders
November 12, 2019

Transcripts of testimony from closed-door interviews with Croft and another Ukraine specialist at State, Christoper Anderson, as well as the Defense Department's Laura Cooper, come as House Democrats are pushing ahead to this week's live public hearings.

The former House Armed Services Committee chairman and steadfast critic of Russian Federation on Sunday called Trump's use of foreign aid to elicit a political probe from that nation "inappropriate" but accused Democrats of running a "tainted" and "one-sided" probe.

What Democrats say they won't present is testimony from the whistleblower whose alarm uncovered Trump's effort to use tax dollars and foreign aid as ransom for his own political benefit.

CNN reporters read all 2,677 pages of private testimony that have been released so far.

House Democrats on Monday released a transcript of the testimony of a top Defense Department official who stressed the importance of USA military aid to Ukraine and detailed the country's anti-corruption efforts.

Witnesses in the impeachment inquiry are set to begin testifying in public on Wednesday. Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face the Republican president in the 2020 election.

"All of the senior leaders of the USA national security departments and agencies were all unified in their - in their view that this assistance was essential", Cooper said, according to the transcript. His son Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma. Democrats recognize that the onus is on them to make the case to independent voters who don't have time to sift through thousands of pages of transcripts alleging presidential misconduct.

McClatchy Newspapers: "Trump readies for public phase of impeachment inquiry with new hires, Hill meetings" - "In a quest to streamline its messaging on a fast-moving Democratic impeachment inquiry, the White House has hired two top communications specialists to lead their public response and is sending aides to Republican strategy meetings on Capitol Hill".

The former vice president made it very clear he is not convinced that Senate Republicans would not move forward with impeachment proceedings.

President Trump has repeatedly claimed his call was "perfect" and has cited as proof a "transcript" of it that was made public subsequently. "It should be ended and the Whistleblower, his lawyer and Corrupt politician Schiff should be investigated for fraud!"

Following the release of the most recent transcripts, Trump tweeted that he would release the transcript of the of the "first" and "therefore most important" phone call he had with Zelenskyy.

Also on Monday, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney withdrew a motion to join a lawsuit seeking to have a judge settle whether he can be compelled by Congress to testify in the inquiry. Republicans, who then controlled the House, brought impeachment charges against Democratic President Bill Clinton in a scandal involving his sexual relationship with a White House intern.

In fact, almost every witness who has appeared before the impeachment inquiry - including Trump appointee and National Security Council official Tim Morrison - has testified that Trump was not looking at corruption generally, something NSC official Fiona Hill called a "code" for going after the Bidens, including the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

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