Latest news on impeachment investigation
- The House Intelligence Committee will hold the first open hearings on impeachment investigations next week. 19659004] The Democrats released the minutes of a statement by one of the witnesses, Bill Taylor, on Wednesday.
- Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former Treasury Department official Tony Sayegh are expected to join the White House communications team to work on impeachment.
The committee will hear on Wednesday from William Taylor, the highest diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent. Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, will testify before the committee on Friday.
"These open hearings give the American people the opportunity to evaluate the witnesses themselves," House Secretary Intelligence Secretary Adam Schiff told reporters in the Capitol.
] The committees also released a memorandum from Taylor expressing concern over whether a delay in US military aid will be leveraged to persuade Ukraine to investigate the president's rivals.
On Tuesday, US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland revised an earlier report before the parliamentary committees that chaired the impeachment investigation, and now told a leading Ukrainian official that the release of military aid is "likely" to announce investigations into the fight against corruption against the rivals of President Trump.
Sondland In an addendum to his October testimony, he claimed that his memory had been "refreshed" after reviewing the testimony of others. Now, in a revised report from Monday, November 4, Sondland said he remembers that Ukraine's aid was, according to his understanding, conditional upon Ukraine handing over a public anti-corruption statement.
Sondland initially told lawmakers that they did not know Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani targeted former vice president Joe Biden, calling on Ukrainian officials to launch an investigation into the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, which appoints Biden's son to the board would have.
In the addendum, Sondland said he now remembers a conversation in September with Andrey Yermak, an adjutant of the Ukrainian president, in which he said "that the resumption of US aid will likely take place only when Ukraine the public statement on combating corruption that we have been discussing for many weeks. "
The White House co-ordinated with House GOP
17:49: Since House President Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi's impeachment investigation began in late September, Republican communications teams have been leading members of the House of Representatives and the highest-ranking members of the committees involved have held daily meetings to discuss new developments and to discuss news and strategies for dealing with the investigation.
Until a week ago, no one from the White House attended these sessions. A senior Republican House adviser told CBS News. The adjutant said the White House had finally turned to the meeting and asked for it.
The White House was represented by either Tori Symonds, the Director of Government Communications, or Alexa Henning, the Director of Broadcasting Media. But they are essentially in Listen Only mode – they do not transmit messages on behalf of Mr. Trump or the press office. Instead, they report back on what the Republicans are doing and say that everyone is on the same page.
Yet their participation is another sign that White House officials are finally seeing the need for a stronger game plan.
The White House wants to have a solid, impeachment-specific communications team before the public hearings begin on Wednesday, but it is unclear when or if a formal announcement will be made. – Weijia Jiang
House withdraws subpoena for official who requested the court for intervention
16:08: The House of Representatives has officially withdrew its subpoena from Charles Kupperman, a former national security deputy, adviser John Bolton, court records show.
Although he received a summons to appear in October, the White House told him he could not testify. Kupperman filed a lawsuit with the US District Court, requesting the court to comply with the summons or the White House's instructions.
"There is no proper basis for a witness to sue Congress in court to oppose a duly-authorized summons to Congress," a committee official said. "Given the timing of our impeachment hearings, a lawsuit leading to the dismissal of Dr. Kupperman's erroneous lawsuit would only lead to a delay, so we withdrew his subpoena." scheduled to take place by 10 December – well, after the statements were wrapped up in the impeachment investigation and passed to public hearings.
The Intelligence Committee likely expects Kupperman to follow the court's directions when deciding whether former White House lawyer Don McGahn must testify before the House Judiciary Committee in a separate case. The White House tried to claim that both Kupperman and McGahn had "absolute immunity" to subpoena statements.
The McGahn case is much more advanced and will likely be resolved earlier than the Kupperman case.
It's unclear what that means for Bolton, who has the same lawyer as Kupperman. – Rebecca Kaplan and Grace Segers
Giuliani hires several lawyers
15:43 pm: Rudy Giuliani wrote on Twitter that he himself is represented by several lawyers. The lawyers all have extensive experience with criminal investigations at the US Attorney's Office in the southern district of New York, including a former deputy head of criminal investigations.
"I am represented and supported by Robert Costello and Pierce In particular, the Bainbridge company Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal," tweeted Giuliani. – Paula Reid
Trump speaks at the White House event
15:10: The President speaks at a White House event to "celebrate a profound and historic milestone: confirmation of more than 150 federal judges, "says the White House. Watch live here.
The White House brings Pam Bondi and Tony Sayegh to help with impeachment.
2:18 pm: Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Former Treasury Department Official Tony Sayegh Expected The White House Communications Team, according to a high-ranking government official, is working on proactive messages about impeachment and other special projects ,
Her role will lie within the White House as a temporary special government employee.
Trump allies have long pushed for a more coordinated White House messaging strategy. – Paula Reid
House publishes a copy of Taylor's testimonies
13:54: House Democrats published the copy of Bill Taylor's testimonies. Read more here.
Graham says the Trump administration is "unable to provide anything in return".
11:58 am: The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced Wednesday reporters reiterated that the Ukrainian policy of the Trump government was "incoherent" and that the government "was unable to provide anything in return".
Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill and reiterated that he would not read the transcripts from the indictment. Graham said the entire impeachment trial was a hoax.
"Yesterday I heard something I could not believe," a reporter accused Graham. "Former impeachment chief Lindsey Graham says he will not read the impeachment protocols, is he?"
"I will not read these logs," Graham replied. "The whole process is a joke."
"You just pick things you like," Graham added. I do not want ship to do a legitimate operation.
Graham had told reporters on Capitol Hill the day before that he did not want to read published transcripts Tuesday of statements with US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker, former Special Representative for Ukraine. – Alan He and Kathryn Watson
Ship announce that committees will release a copy of Taylor's statement today.
11:42 am: Ship told reporters that the committees would release the minutes of the closed hearing with Ambassador Bill Taylor on Wednesday.
Taylor, top diplomat at the US Embassy in Kiev, told the committee Last month, US aid to Ukraine was explicitly tied to the country's willingness to investigate Mr. Trump's political rivals ,
"What the Americans will see from this protocol is what they have seen of the others claiming that the GOP is locked out, who are not allowed to attend and can not ask questions, they are simply wrong," Schiff said. "With the removal of Ambassador Taylor, Republican members, as with any deposition, had the same opportunities as Democratic members to ask questions they would like." – Grace Seger's
News Committee Announces First Public Witnesses
11:32 am: The House News Committee will hold its first open hearings on Wednesday, November 13, as part of the impeachment investigation. and Friday, November 15, according to a statement from the committee.
The committee will hear on Wednesday from William Taylor, the Chargé d'Affaires in the US Embassy in Kiev, and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent. Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, will testify before the committee on Friday.
Yovanovitch said in a closed hearing before the committee last month that external forces, including Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, had waged a smear campaign against her that led to her dismissal.
"I think you will see in the course of the testimony, not just their testimony, but many others, the key facts are largely undisputed," Schiff told reporters. "We are receiving a growing appreciation for what has happened over the past year and for the extent to which the president has mandated entire government departments with the aim of getting Ukraine to pollute a political opponent." – Grace Segers
Mulvaney will not testify, says Kellyanne Conway
9:45 am: Presidential Adviser Kellyanne Conway says she has won the reigning White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney. & # 39; do not show up to testify. Conway told reporters Wednesday morning a comment on the White House entrance.
The Democrats want to hear from Mulvaney, who hinted in a White House press conference that under certain conditions foreign aid will be held back "all the time". Later he returned important parts of his press conference.
State Department official David Hale arrives at the Capitol.
under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, arrived at the Capitol at 8:45 am to testify before the committees of the House of Representatives Intel, the Supervisory Board and the Foreign Office in a locked door. Hale will probably be the only official summoned to the committees today. – Kimberly Brown
Several government officials should testify.  7:12 am: Acting Director and Budget Director Russell Vought, State Department Advisor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Undersecretary David Hale are scheduled for Wednesday's impeachment investigation, but unconfirmed.
Vought and Perry have already stated that they do not cooperate in the impeachment investigation. It is also unlikely that Brechbuhl will show up today as he is sitting on a plane to Germany with Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo. – Grace Segers
DNC Names Sondland's Revised Testimony a "Nightmare" for Trump
Tuesday, 18:55: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez described Sondland's revised testimony as a "nightmare" for Mr. Trump and the Republicans.
"For weeks, Trump and his Republican allies used Sondland's refusals as evidence A to protect Trump, but now Sondland admitted the truth and it's a nightmare for Trump," Perez said in a statement to CBS News.
"It's long gone for Republicans to put the country over the party and bring this president to justice – no one is above the law – not even the president." – Kathryn Watson
White House lawyers lead impeachment trial
Tuesday, 6:21 pm: White House lawyers are expected to take the lead in defending the president in the impeachment investigation
Throughout Mueller's investigation, the president relied on a team of personal lawyers to represent him on television and in criminal proceedings. But the government's lawyers will now take the lead in defending the president against democrats who want to dismiss him. This reflects the fact that this investigation is based on measures taken by the President in the White House.
The President's personal lawyers will do this Some aspects of the impeachment investigation still have a role to play, but they will also cover litigation regarding their clients' tax returns to the Supreme Court, as well as other legal challenges that the President is facing outside Washington. – Paula Reid
Graham does not read impeachment protocols, calls the trial "BS"
Tuesday, 16.09: Lindsey Graham, the Republican Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, does not do it I do not mean to read the testimonies of Volker or Sondland and to declare the entire process of filing and impeachment as "BS".
Graham rejected Sondland's apparent reversal, in which he now acknowledges that he believes Ukrainian help is in the process of establishing a public anti-corruption declaration. Graham suggested he did not care what a "bureaucrat" like Sondland thinks. But Sondland is not a bureaucrat – he was a prominent businessman before becoming an ambassador, and he was a strong supporter of the president, who donated a million dollars for his opening fund.
"That's his opinion," Graham said of Sondland. "I can only say that the President of Ukraine did not believe that.The President of the United States who was on the phone did not say that … if the person is threatened to detain the help when she says:" I became not threatened: "I do not care what a bureaucrat says." – Alan He and Kathryn Watson
The White House responds to the publication of Sondland and Volker Transcripts narrative that the depositional protocols of Sondland and Volker help rather than harm the White House. She insisted that the media write a misleading narrative, even though Americans can read the hundreds of pages for themselves.
"Both transcripts released today show that there is even less evidence of this illegitimate impeachment than previously thought," said Grisham in a statement. "Ambassador Sondland states unequivocally that he did not know (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended." He also said he "suspected" that there was a link with the aid – but can not identify a solid source for this assumption.
"In contrast, Volker's testimony confirmed that there could be no return, because the Ukrainians did not know about the military aid at the time .The fact that the president did nothing wrong is confirmed by the fact that only biased headlines are published in the media, clearly aimed at influencing the narrative. " – Kathryn Watson
Sondland revises the report and recalls Ukraine's assistance in connection with a public statement on combating corruption [Tuesday2:00pm: In a multi-page addendum to his testimony published on Tuesday, US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, claimed his memory After reviewing others' testimonies, he became "refreshed". Now, in a revised report on Monday, November 4, Sondland reported that Ukraine's aid depends on its understanding that Ukraine is making a public statement on the fight against corruption.
] Sondland, a Trump donor whose initial testimony seemed to have a positive impact on the president, initially confirmed that he did not know Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani attacked former vice president Joe Biden by calling on Ukrainian officials to initiate an investigation into the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, which Biden's son Hunter Biden had called into office.
In the supplement to his testimony, Sondland said he now remembers more vividly a conversation with Andrey Yermak, an adjutant of Ukraine's president.
"I remember now that I spoke to Mr. Yermak at a September meeting in Ukraine," where I said that the resumption of US aid would probably only occur when Ukraine made the public statement Sondland said in his revised testimony.
At several points in his revised testimony, Sondland said he now remembers details that were previously murky. – Kathryn Watson and Nancy Cordes
Sondland and Volker testimonies published
13:50: House democrats have released testimony from two key figures in the impeachment investigation by President Trump, former US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker and US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland.
In October, Sondland said that he and others diplomats reluctantly collaborated with Rudy Giuliani under the leadership of President Trump. Sondland and others have testified that it was Giuliani who wanted to urge Ukraine to investigate the interference of the US election in 2016, and Burisma, an energy company employing Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden.
Volker testified that he had raised concerns over Rudy Giuliani's influence on the president's view of Ukraine, and he sent text messages to Congress confroncing exchanges with Sondland and another diplomat over the efforts to urge Ukraine, Announcing investigations against Democrats and interference in 2016 elections.
Read the transcriptions here:
– Stefan Becket