December 16, 2019
Politics

Ex-Ukraine Ambassador Testifies in Public Impeachment Hearing

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch appeared Friday morning in the Houses second public impeachment hearing.

The House Intelligence Committee hearing, led by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), starts at 9 a.m.

The White House also released a transcript of Trumps first phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, after Trump said he would do so several days ago.

The phone call came before the July 25 conversation when he asked Zelensky to look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his sons business dealings in Ukraine. Hunter Biden sat on the board of energy company Burisma Holdings.

The call resulted in the whistleblower complaint that led to the House-led impeachment inquiry

“Id like to invite you to the White House. Well have a lot of things to talk about, but were with you all the way,” Trump said, according to the transcript.

“I will be releasing the transcript of the first, and therefore more important, phone call with the Ukrainian President before weeks end!” Trump tweeted early on Tuesday morning.

Nunes referenced the phone call during the start of the hearing: “Now the American people know the first call” Trump had with Zelensky.

Before that, Nunes said the impeachment case isnt based on information from people who directly spoke to the president.

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (L) and Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) during the first public hearings held by the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 13, 2019. (Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

“They saw us sit through hours of hearsay testimony about conversations that two diplomats who had never spoken to the president heard second-hand, third-hand, and fourth-hand from other people. In other words, rumors,” he remarked.

The first public hearing was on Wednesday. Nunes said that Read More – Source

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