U.S. diplomats to testify over Trump-Ukraine


This represents bad news for President Trump, who has managed to maintain fairly steady approval ratings throughout his presidency, despite being inundated by a plethora of Congressional inquiries by the Democratic-led House and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The White House released a summary of the call.

Those scheduled to testify this week include Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union who was involved in efforts to get Ukraine to open the Biden investigation, and Masha Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled from her post as us ambassador to Ukraine in May after Trump supporters questioned her loyalty to the president.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has insisted the House is well within its rules to conduct oversight of the executive branch under the Constitution regardless of a vote.

"I am very glad that the Speaker of the House has ordained that the investigation go forward", Carter said.

"Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch can not be expected to participate in it", Cipollone wrote.

"This kind of cooperation" was "basically coming to an end" due to "the way that these witnesses are being treated", Sekulow said.

Every MOC should be on the record in support of an impeachment inquiry and a fair and open impeachment trial in the Senate.

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"This is a charade taking place in the House of Representatives".

Trump's attorneys have also expressed concerns about the fact that the two whistleblowers who have filed complaints about Trump's Ukraine call are anonymous.

The suggestions came aftera lawyer representing the whistleblower raised "serious concerns" in a September letter to Joseph Maguire, acting director of national intelligence, about his client's safety, citing the president's attacks.

"Previous Post-Schar School or Post-ABC News polls taken at different points throughout this year found majorities of Americans opposing the start of an impeachment proceeding, with 37 percent to 41 percent saying they favored such a step", the Post reported.

The anonymous complaints were filed in accordance with whistleblower protection laws that are created to protect government employees who raise concerns about potential misconduct from retaliation. Moreover, additional evidence of the president committing clear abuses of power or crimes must be produced for the House to keep the American people's faith without moving to a more formal impeachment vote against the president. Pelosi and Schiff updated members of the media on the latest developments related to the impeachment inquiry focused on U.S President Donald Trump.

For his part, Giuliani, the president's lawyer who has been subpoenaed for documents, said the Democrats would "make fools out of themselves" if they tried to hold him or others in contempt. Giuliani also echoed criticism of the inquiry, which he compared to the midcentury Red Scare by dubbing it "worse than Joe McCarthy". "I suggest we stop the back and forth by text", Sondland wrote.