"They talked, again, also about the importance of the U.S. -Ukraine relationship and how eager we were, the U.S. was, to see President Zelensky take steps to implement the agenda on which he had run, which was very much focused on anticorruption, and looking to realIy bring Ukraine even closer to the trans-Atlantic and European community".
As former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in the House impeachment inquiry to evidence of abuse of power by Donald Trump, he tweeted insulting allegations against her in real time.
Ms. Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, testified on the second day of televised impeachment hearings, which will resume next week.
Among Democratic voters, 79% believe Trump should be impeached, while only 10% of Republican voters agree with impeachment.
"How is it that foreign corrupt interests can manipulate our government?" I am here to speak the truth and speak the truth about US policy.
The complaint from the whistleblower, reportedly a Central Intelligence Agency analyst, that President Trump improperly withheld military aid to Ukraine helped prod House Democrats to formalize their impeachment inquiry into the president.
One point the Democrats are strongly questioned about is that the process began when Schiff cited the alleged transcript of a call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. At the same time, Ukraine was awaiting almost $400 million in US military aid.
The top Democrat in Congress accused the President of bribery last week, one of the three articles of impeachment in the U.S. constitution. This may be reverted if Trump agrees to his probe into his presidential opponent in the 2020 elections Joe Biden and the Ukraine business trades of his son Hunter Biden.
"I actually think that where I've served over the years I and others have demonstrably made things better, you know, for the U.S. as well as for the countries that I've served in".
Some conservatives criticized Trump for it. Ken Starr, the independent counsel whose investigation led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment, said on Fox News that Trump's tweet showed "extraordinarily poor judgment" and was "quite injurious".
Democrats, for their part, are trying to brighten the spotlight on their theory that Trump is doing the bidding of Putin.
"I'm not going to try to prejudge his testimony", Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said on "Fox News Sunday".
"They call it 'serving at the pleasure of the President, '" Trump tweeted, referring to the appointment of ambassadors. That is until an hour later, when Trump fired off a tweet hotly critical of Yovanovitch as she was testifying. Others demanded transcripts of Trump's calls with...other world leaders.
Trump, who says he only wanted to root out corruption in Ukraine, says he did nothing wrong.
Both in open hearings and closed-door testimony, Democrats have sought to highlight concerns that Trump's foreign policy frequently benefits Russian Federation. And the big stuff, according to Sondland, is what "benefits the president" - like the "Biden investigation that Mr. Giuliani was pushing".
Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, did not clear Trump of wrongdoing when he ended the probe nor did he allege the president committed misconduct.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who presides over the impeachment inquiry, hit out at "witness intimidation in real-time by the president".
"I remember this because he actually made the comment that it was easier for him to get a hold of the President than to get a hold of me", Morrison said.
According to the newly released testimony, Williams also provided details on Pence's September 1 meeting with Zelensky and highlighted how concerned Zelensky was about United States military aid being withheld, saying it was the first question he asked Pence when the press left their bilateral meeting in Warsaw, Poland.
"There was the normal process, where decision-making went through the duly appointed personnel, whether that's the Chief of Mission, Ambassador (William) Taylor, (former USA special envoy to Ukraine Envoy Kurt) Volker, the appropriate personnel from the Departments of State and Defense and Energy and intelligence agencies and so forth, as we normally do business...", Morrison said.
Johnson and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, also met with Zelensky in September, at a time when USA aid to the country was still being held up.