Trump also alluded to another phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, which he floated also releasing a transcript of to the public. He says if House investigators want to see a summary of the April 21 call, he's "happy to give it to them".
Democrats believe that Trump withheld USA aid for Ukraine to "pressure" its president, Volodymyr Zelenski, in a 25 July telephone conversation, to start a criminal probe into Joe Biden, a possible Democratic opponent in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
He says, "No one seems to have any first-hand knowledge" and claims that, "Every one of those people canceled themselves out". But Democrats, who voted overwhelmingly to move impeachment procedures to the public phase last week, have said Trump's counsel will be allowed to ask questions during hearings and present concluding arguments, opportunities not afforded to Presidents Bill Clinton or Richard Nixon during previous impeachment proceedings.
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Scores of former national security officials have criticized the State Department's decision not to defend Yovanovitch. I haven't had the chance - it's a pretty busy world out there - I haven't had the chance to follow this".
However, Williams suggested to lawmakers she believed it could be tied to what she heard on the call: Trump's request that Ukraine open investigations into the Bidens and the 2016 election, a third source familiar with the testimony told CNN.
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told NBC News that hearings would begin Wednesday, Nov. 13, with diplomat William Taylor and State Department official George Kent set to testify.
Although Mr Trump has said there was no quid pro quo, several witnesses, including top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor, have testified that it was their understanding that Ukraine would not receive military assistance or a coveted Oval Office visit until it met the president's demands.
The White House instructed its officials not to comply with the investigation, which is looking at the ppresident's dealings with Ukraine.
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Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify on Friday.
Pence himself has repeatedly insisted that Trump did nothing wrong but has not clarified how much he knew about efforts to pressure Ukraine and the parallel Ukraine policy that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others were leading outside the normal diplomatic and official channels.
While her father remains fixated on unmasking the original whistleblower, Ivanka Trump downplayed the significance of the person's identity, saying it's "not particularly relevant" to the inquiry, since the anonymous person wasn't on the call.
Republicans are temporarily moving aside a current member of the panel to make space for the OH lawmaker on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, in an unusual step that heralded the seriousness of the situation for Trump and his party.
Rep. Jim Jordan appointed to impeachment committee to defend Trump
McCarthy acknowledged Crawford would return to the Intelligence Committee after the impeachment court docket cases are executed. Other Republicans viewed the appointment as not a snub to Nunes, but a move to put the best team forward for Trump .