Ivanka Trump Says Whistleblower's Name Not Relevant to Impeachment Probe on President
Nov 10 2019
He added that this second transcript would probably be released on Tuesday.
Investigators are wrapping up the private interviews as they prepare to start public hearings next week. And he claimed that Democrats were only interested in speaking with people who dislike him, even as the White House has blocked potentially more supportive witnesses, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, from appearing.
That makes Vindman a key witness in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. A slew of current and former officials from the State Department and White House have appeared over the last several weeks and largely corroborated the same narrative - that Trump had delegated his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to guide U.S. -Ukraine policy and that the two men were focused on pressuring Ukraine as the administration withheld military aid from the country. Mulvaney backtracked the next day, telling reporters "there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election".
He also testified that he was sidelined from official US policy on Ukraine when a second channel of decision-making rose in late summer, with the influence of partisan figures such as President Donald Trump's attorney Giuliani overtaking and even blocking the work of officials and government staff.
Associate White House budget director Mark Sandy is also scheduled to testify Friday - but like Mulvaney, he is not expected to appear.
Bolton, who was sacked by Trump in September, was also called to appear on Thursday but did not show, and his attorney said he would not testify voluntarily.
Donald Trump has insisted he has not been damaged by impeachment evidence detailing efforts by him and his administration to pressure Ukraine to publicly investigate his political rivals.
Hill also testified that then-National Security Adviser John Bolton thought such an arrangement was inappropriate. In recent cases related to the House impeachment inquiry, federal judges have repeatedly sided with the House, saying it should get what it has asked for.
A US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee official said that Bolton has threatened to take the committee to court if it subpoenas him.
In Thursday's letter, sent to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, the whistleblower's lawyer Andrew Bakaj cites many examples of the president's "fixation" on the identity of his client in his comments to the media, at rallies and on Twitter.