Trump should testify in impeachment investigation: US Senator Schumer

Cheryl Sanders
November 19, 2019

Washington Post: "Democrats announce eight witnesses, including Vindman, Sondland and Volker, for next week's public impeachment hearings" - "Eight witnesses are expected to testify next week in the House impeachment inquiry, the panel leading the probe announced Tuesday, as President Trump accused Democrats of relying on "2nd and 3rd hand" testimony on the eve of the first public hearing".

The president provided written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller during his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Although the Democratic-controlled House is likely to vote to impeach the president, the Senate must conduct a trial and vote to actually remove Trump from office.

The latest round of hearings will stretch from Tuesday to Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee.

Trump tweeted: "She also said I could do it in writing".

Pelosi said the president could speak for himself.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said on Sunday in a CBS interview that Trump has every opportunity to present his case, including coming before intelligence committee hearings.

Three State Department officials have already testified about their concerns as Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Democrats and withheld military aid from the country.

As the House Intelligence Committee continues impeachment inquiry hearings related to President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine, House lawyers are fighting in court to get redacted information from the Mueller report that they believe could be evidence that the president lied in his written testimony, according to CNN. Several administration officials have testified on Capitol Hill that the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, played a months-long role in a "highly irregular" diplomatic channel to light a fire under Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens.

Holmes said in closed-door testimony last week that US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland had told Trump that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "loves your ass" and that Ukraine was going to move forward with the investigation Trump had asked Zelensky for a day earlier. The money, approved by the U.S. Congress to help U.S. ally Ukraine combat Russia-backed separatists, was later provided. The whistleblower account of the July 25 call led to Democrats opening the inquiry.

Morrison said Sondland and Trump had spoken approximately five times between July 15 and September 11 - the weeks that $391 million in USA assistance was withheld from Ukraine before it was released.

"There's one witness, one witness that they won't bring in front of us, they won't bring in front of the American people, and that's the guy who started it all, the whistle-blower", Republican Jim Jordan said on November 13. "President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there".

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