And his sons proceed to function his firm, at one place seeking to launch a reduced-spending plan resort chain they hoped would attraction to Trump voters.
In a preview of what is to come, lawmakers leading the probe released testimony that showed the top US diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, believed a White House-led effort to pressure Kiev to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma was motivated by a desire to help Trump win re-election next year.
Mr Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination and could face Mr Trump in the general election next year. Polls last month indicated increased support among independents and Democrats for the inquiry, while Republicans stood their ground in defending the president.
Cole suggested that the public should inform themselves of the White House's transcript of the July 25 call between Presidents Trump and Zelensky, and decide on their own whether what was discussed over the phone is really worth putting the country through the "incredibly divisive" process of impeachment.
Trump narrowly won self-identified independents in 2016 (46 percent to 42 percent) according to the National Election Pool exit poll, but in the latest Post-ABC poll he trails Biden by 17 points among this group.
Sondland admitted to impeachment investigators that he understood the linkage was "improper".
"That was the nightmare", Taylor said. "The Russians are paying attention".
The Politico/Morning Consult survey showed 56 percent of voters think Trump will win a second term in office next November.
Trump's White House is expected to bolster its communications team, bringing on former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh to help make its case in the weeks to come, according to a senior administration official.
The top USA diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, told lawmakers he believed the push to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma and its ties to Hunter Biden was motivated by a desire to attack Hunter's father, former Vice President Joe Biden.
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