WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The telephone call between President U. Donald Trump and his colleague in the center of the collision investigation center of Congress was “unsuitable,” said Vice President Mike Pence with the legal profession, according to a transcript. issued on Saturday.
Jennifer Williams, who was listening to the call on 25 July, gave evidence that Trump had uncommonly and unfitly made Ukraine's politically sensitive investigations. "
The House of Representatives on Saturday also issued a transcript of earlier closed door deposition by Tim Morrison, former White House who helped the National Security Council focus on European and Russian policy.
As Williams did, Morrison told legalists that he was concerned about Trump's statements with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Williams and Morrison are scheduled to give evidence in public next week.
“I was not comfortable with any idea that President Zelenskiy should allow himself to be involved in politics,” said Morrison, who was on the call too.
Trump's call is at the heart of the Democratic inquiry about whether the US Republican foreign policy president has been abused to former US President. Joe Biden, one of his potential opponents in the 2020 election.
Morrison refused to say that he thought the call was illegal or inappropriate, convincing him that he thought it would be leaking, and that it would be detrimental to relations with Ukraine.
In a revelation that drew the most attention in the first public hearing last week, an active ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor expressed his interest to Trump the ally in eastern Europe to find Biden and reiterate he has withheld $ 391 million in US security aid Kiev unless he cooperated.
Morrison said that he reviewed Taylor's evidence and did not dispute it on any significant points.
On Saturday, house investigators also heard closed evidence on the door of a White House budget official regarding the military aid given to Ukraine. Mark Sandy, a career officer of the Office of Management and Budget, is the first person from OMB to give evidence before the inquiry after three political appointments have been hidden on sub-freshwater congresses.
The Democratic Representative, Jamie Raskin, who is a member of the Judiciary and Supervisory Committees, said that Sandy was informed if political assistance was being held up for political reasons.
“This is a technical part of our investigation,” Raskin said to reporters outside the interview room. “We want to know exactly how the president transferred his political objective to discourage the Ukrainian government in favor of the preferences he wanted (i) the budget process.
On Friday, Trump used Twitter to former US ambassador. criticized with Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, giving her testimony to a terrible hearing, an extraordinary time that the Democrats said they were intimidated by a witness. Trump defended his attack on Yovanovitch, saying he had a free speech.
Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, gave evidence on the second day of television progressive hearings, which will begin next week.
While Yovanovitch's evidence was the Friday headlines, makers of closed doors that were held later in the day with David Holmes, an embassy official of the United States in Kiev, could be more consequences.
Holmes told lawmakers that he had heard a phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador in the European Union, in which the president investigated Ukraine's willingness to carry out investigations on Biden and his son.
The phone call took place on 26 July, one day after the phone conversation being held by Trump and Zelenskiy.
“So is he going to do the investigation?” Trump asked Sondland, referring to Zelenskiy, according to Holmes evidence.
“It's going to do,” replied Sondland, and the president of Ukraine added “nothing you ask him,” according to Holmes.
Tie the evidence at Holmes, aide to Taylor, with a Trump closer to a pressure campaign in Ukraine to investigate the Bidens led by personal lawyer Trump Rudy Giuliani.
Holmes' statement appears to be at odds with previous evidence about Sondland because of his interactions with Trump, who did not mention his telephone call July 26 to the president.
Sondland, who has reviewed his evidence once, is scheduled to give evidence in public on Wednesday.
Representative Eric Swalwell, House of Commons Information Committee, told Saturday reporters that the leaders of the house were thinking of introducing Holmes for a public hearing.
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Reporting by Jan Wolfe, Nandita Bose, Patricia Zengerle, Brad Heath and Andrea Shalal in Washington; writing by Nick Zieminski and Daniel Wallis; editing by Bill Berkrot and Grant McCool
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