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In a move that raises the stakes ahead of a presidential election year, Democrats said on Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee would hold open hearings with three career U.S. diplomats who have expressed alarm about Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Yovanovitch's deposition transcript was released on Monday; Taylor's is expected to come out on Wednesday. He also said he wanted to provide testimony "with as much candor and integrity as I possibly could".

William Taylor, the top us diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent will testify on November 13, while former USA ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will appear November 15, Adam Schiff said in a statement.

Taylor has been a USA diplomat for decades and was first appointed ambassador to Ukraine by Republican President George W. Bush.

When asked if he considered it illegal for Trump that lawyer Rudi Giuliani to get an investigation into the Biden family, he replied: "I don't know the law exactly".

Not a single Republican lawmaker has given any indication that he or she is seriously considering a vote to impeach Trump or remove him from office.

"I think if this is something intense, but single-focused, albeit temporary, there's an argument for bringing in a few extra hands and minds onto the team", she said, comparing the plan then under consideration to the efforts to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and to pass the Republican tax cut plan.

"Basically, it was people in the Ukrainian government who said that Mr. Lutsenko, the former prosecutor general, was in communication with Mayor Giuliani", she testified. "That allegation is false".

The ambassador testified that Sondland also told him about a change in the time of the call and said he believed Sondland's staff was not aware of it.

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The call triggered an impeachment inquiry from the House Democrats, after a so-called whistleblower filed a complaint, claiming President Trump had used the threat of withdrawing aid to Ukraine to apply pressure to Ukraine, to have Joe Biden and his son investigated for corruption. Additionally, they have confirmed the existence of a quid quo pro, alleging that Trump temporarily withheld almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, which was approved with significant bipartisan congressional support, in order to pressure the country to open the desired probes. Some witnesses, including Taylor, have challenged that assertion.

The White House dismissed Tuesday's transcript release.

William Taylor told the investigators he understood that the security assistance, and not just a White House meeting for Ukraine's new president, was conditioned on the country committing to investigations of Joe Biden and also Democrats' actions in the 2016 election. If the chair does not consent, the minority can appeal to the full committee.

At a closed-door lunch on November 5, Pence told Senate Republicans the funds were being withheld over concerns that the Europeans weren't contributing enough aid and issues of corruption in Ukraine, according to a person familiar with the meeting but unauthorized to discuss it and granted anonymity.

The question of whether there was a quid pro quo is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

The GOP aide added: "Unlike Chairman Schiff, we have never had anything to hide and look forward to the opportunity to present the facts of the case".

Ulrich Brechbuhl, who was subpoenaed to appear before the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, was on the plane with Pompeo, who departed early Wednesday morning for Germany.

The media is misleading the American people following the public release of the transcript of US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland on Tuesday.

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