Trump testifying in the impeachment probe? Great idea

Cheryl Sanders
November 19, 2019

On Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST, the House Intelligence Committee will hear public testimony from two witnesses, Jennifer Williams, Vice President Mike Pence's special advisor for Europe and Russian Federation, and Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's director for European Affairs.

According to the New York Times, Volker will testify "he was out of the loop at key moments during President [Donald] Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine to turn up damaging information about Democrats".

Paul Rosenzweig, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute who was senior counsel to Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater investigation during the Clinton administration, said Republicans have been struggling to mount an effective defense for Trump.

"I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a USA citizen", said Vindman, an Iraq War veteran. Mueller said the president's answers were "generally" untruthful. But as more witnesses come forward bringing testimony closer to Trump, they now say the president is innocent because the military money was eventually released. Hunter Biden served on the board of Ukrainian gas firm Burisma Holdings while his father was in office.

Pence spokeswoman Katie Waldman has said the vice president was unaware of efforts to push Zelenskiy to release a statement announcing investigations. "There was no ambiguity".

Even so, his lawyers negotiated strict limits on what kind of questions could be put, and in dozens of instances, Trump said he could not "recall" the facts.

Williams, a longtime State Department official who is detailed to Pence's national security team, said she too had concerns during the phone call, which the aides monitored as is standard practice.

Matt Bennett, who was serving as an aide to Vice President Al Gore when news of President Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern broke, recalled the vice president being caught offguard by the revelation. "I just don't know if he read it", Williams testified in a closed-door House interview.

Noting that Mrs. Pelosi publicly urged Mr. Trump to testify under oath or to at least submit written testimony, the president said in a Twitter post, "Even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!"

Trump responded in a pair of tweets attacking Pelosi, Democrats and the media.

He tweeted that Pelosi suggested "that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt".

Volker, who was the first key witness to be deposed, six weeks ago, could find himself torn between his denial at the time that there was any effort by USA officials to urge Ukraine to investigate Biden, and a preponderance of testimony since indicating that there was such an effort and that Volker was one its leaders.

Under earlier questioning, Republicans wanted Vindman to disclose who else he may have spoken to about his concerns, as the GOP inch closer to publicly naming the still anonymous whistleblower whose report sparked the inquiry. It could take place either in the current phase of the impeachment inquiry presided over by Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, or in subsequent proceedings before the House Judiciary Committee. "It is entirely possible that Vindman fits this profile".

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