Key Facts and Latest News
- Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the European Union, wanted to tell legislators that he was working on President Trump's instruction to work with Rudy Giuliani, "disappointed" is Ukraine.
- Kurt Volker, former US Special Representative for Ukraine, said on October 3 that the president's personal lawyer "amplified a negative story about Ukraine" that affected the relationship between the US and Ukraine , said sources.
- Congressman Elijah Cummings, chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee and a key figure in the impeachment investigation, has died.
- In a July call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mr. Trump, Ukraine urged to investigate Joe Biden.
"Please know that I did not recommend Mr. Giuliani or a private citizen to be involved in these foreign affairs affairs," Sondland said in a statement prepared for his Congress witness Thursday. "However, given the President's express instructions and the importance we attach to organizing a meeting between Presidents Trump and Zelensky in the White House, we have agreed to do so as President Poll told."
Sondland's testimony comes when Washington grapples with the death of Congressman Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, and a key figure in the impeachment investigation. The congressman, 68, had often quarreled with Mr. Trump.
Former US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to review his statements in a private session on October 3.
In this testimony, Volker Rudy Giuliani presented as the driving force for efforts to get the Ukraine to investigate against Joe and Hunter Biden and electoral failures of 2016, according to sources familiar with the testimony. He also expressed concerns about the influence of Giuliani on the President's view of Ukraine.
But Volker said he had "never been asked to do something" that he thought was wrong, "even by the president," sources said.
Hold Mulvaney to the White House Press Conference
23:42: After the President is out of town, the White House says reigning Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will hold a press conference in the meeting room at 12:30 Stefan Becket
Pelosi says the impeachment process is separate from the campaign.
11:30 pm: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said at her weekly press conference that the impeachment trial should be separate from the campaign.
"Impeachment is about the truth and constitution of the United States" Pelosi added that she disagrees with the view that voters should decide whether or not to remove Mr. Trump from office in the 2020 elections ,
"Voters will not decide if we obey our oath of office." Pelosi said. She said she did not know the timetable for the impeachment investigation, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had predicted that the trial would be completed by the end of the year.
She also said that she did not believe in Mr. Trump's political decisions in Syria, pointing out that she refused to initiate an impeachment investigation into President George W. Bush over the Iraq war.
"It's a political issue and I do not think it's a matter of impeachment," Pelosi said. – Grace Segers
Next Week's Interviews in the Impeachment Investigation
11:06 am: The committees conducting the impeachment investigation will have a full schedule with interviews next week. Here's her plan, such a source familiar with the investigation.
- Tuesday, October 22: William Taylor, defendant in the Ukrainian Embassy. Wednesday, October 23: Philip Reeker, acting Deputy Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs.
- Thursday, April 24 October: Alexander Vindman, Director of European Affairs of the National Security Council
- Friday, October 25: Suriya Jayanti, foreign official in Kiev, and Timothy Morrison, senior Russian Advisor to the National Security Council – Rebecca Kaplan
Pelosi Holds Weekly Press Conference
11:00 am: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly press conference from Capitol Hill. Watch live here.
Sondland claims he barely interacted with Giuliani.
9:30 am: In his opening remarks to the Joint House Committees that chaired the impeachment investigation, Sondland is expected to barely interact with Giuliani, according to a copy of CBS News's testimony. Sondland will also claim that he, Energy Minister Rick Perry and former US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, were "disappointed" by Mr Trump's instructions to work with Giuliani.
"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I were disappointed with our May 23, 2019 White House debriefing We firmly believed that a White House call and meeting between Presidents Trump and Zelensky are important and timely Mr. Giuliani should be planned without preconditions, "says Sondland in his opening speech.
"Please understand that I would not have advised Mr. Giuliani or a private person to be involved in these foreign affairs matters, given the President's express instructions and the importance we attach to organizing a meeting between the White House Presidents Trump and Zelensky, we have agreed to do so as President Trump ordered, "Sondland continues.
Sondland also said that until recently, he did not know about Giuliani's request to investigate Hunter Biden and Burisma in Ukraine.
Sondland says that he feels bad-tempered by former Russian adviser Fiona Hill and former national security adviser John Bolton, saying, "If ambassadors harbor Bolton, Dr. Hill or any other concerns regarding the adequacy of our actions, they have Never shared these concerns with me or later. "
However, a well-known source reports to CBS News that Hill" has shown concern over Sondland. " – Grace Segers and Margaret Brennan
Read here the complete opening statement of Sondland.
Sondland arrives on Capitol Hill for deposit in front of locked doors.
9:06 am. Gordon Sondland, Ambassador to the EU, arrived at Capitol Hill at 9:05 am to file with the intelligence, foreign affairs and oversight committees.
It is unclear how long the deposit will take.
The former Russian adviser said that Sondland had offered something in return
7:54 am: Trump's former Russian advisor Fiona Hill pointed out to the White House lawyer that she was Sondland the Ukrainian White officials say House heard that he had a deal to persuade Zelensky to meet with Mr. Trump should the Ukrainians initiate an investigation into Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company linked to Hunter Biden. A well-known source told CBS News that the name Burisma was explicitly mentioned.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton instructed Hill to report him to the White House lawyers. A source familiar with the affair told CBS News that they "have their eyes on" the issue with Sondland in the White House basement on July 10, a detail first reported by NBC News. – Margaret Brennan
Elijah Cummings, key figure in the impeachment investigation, dies at the age of 68
6:07 am: Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, died early Thursday morning due to ongoing health complications. Cummings was one of the key figures in Democratic efforts to conduct an impeachment investigation.
Cummings conducted several investigations into Mr. Trump's dealings, including those relating to the White House's family members.
The President responded with criticism of Cummings & # 39; district as a "rodent-ridden mess" in which "no one wants to live in the summer."
Volker said diplomats were "unwell" with Giuliani's work
6:00 pm: In his October 3 report, Volker told the committees that it was "unpleasant for long-time State Department officials" [Giuliani] in Kiev, "and made it clear to his Ukrainian counterparts that Giuliani did not represent the US government. He said that he had not felt that Giuliani forwarded messages from the president to the Ukrainians.
"I believed he made his own communication about what he believed in and what he was interested in," Volker sources said. Giuliani had given interviews raising questions about Ukraine's role in the 2016 US elections and Hunter Biden's dealings.
Much of Volker's statements focused on a proposed Ukrainian government statement that was never sent. According to Volker, Giuliani wanted Zelensky to publish a statement that specifically mentions Ukraine's commitment to investigating electoral failures in 2016 and Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company that appointed Hunter Biden to its presidency.
"I would not say that I thought it necessary to have it in there because I thought the goal was not the specific investigation," Volker said. "The goal is to see Ukraine as credible when it comes to changing the country, fighting corruption, introducing reforms and making Zelensky the real deal." – Arden Farhi
Ship announces the publication of transcripts of interviews
Wednesday, 18:48: Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wrote a letter to his Democratic counterpart with an update for impeachment investigation.
"Although we have many interviews, it's worth taking stock of what we already know," Schiff wrote. "We already have the Call Log, which expresses the President's efforts to abuse his office for political purposes, as well as text messages from State Department staff indicating the extent to which the Ministry's apparatus was put into service The president's goal to defile his political opponent. "
He said the committees would publish transcripts of their closed interviews" at a time when investigative stock is not compromised, "and with appropriate editorial staff.
"We also expect that at a reasonable time of the investigation, we will be giving testimony to the public so that all Congress and the American people can hear their statements first-hand," Schiff said. – Stefan Becket
Pelosi says the impeachment has not taken place at the hot meeting of the White House.
Wednesday, 4:39 pm: Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the issue of impeachment had not been discussed at a meeting of congressional leaders and White House officials on the situation in Syria.  The leaders of the Pelosi and Democrats said the meeting was in chaos, the president insulted them and called Pelosi a "third-class politician."
"Pelosi told reporters about the entrance of the White House after the meeting.
Read more here.
Ex-Pompeo adviser resigned for treatment of former Ukrainian ambassador.
Wednesday, 14:24: McKinley, Pompeo's former senior advisor, told lawmakers he had resigned because the Ministry Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, resigned from her post was recalled, did not defend early.
A source familiar with McKinley's testimony said he was upset that there was no statement or letter to support Yovanovitch, a respected professional diplomat. Another source said that McKinley also testified that McKinley had testified about foreign ministry policy goals and ill-treatment of professional diplomats outside Yovanovitch. – Rebecca Kaplan and Margaret Brennan