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Trump demands apology from Democrats after Ukraine's foreign minister debunks impeachment theory

'Witness intimidation is a crime': Trump tweets spark outcry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuted Republicans claims that President Trump has not had the opportunity for due process in the impeachment inquiry, saying that the president has "every opportunity to present his case". Yovanovitch was the first State Department representative to give her closed-door deposition to Congress last month and while the public wasn't able to watch that hearing, her written statement was powerful and incredibly damning for Donald Trump.

Taylor is acting United States ambassador to Ukraine.

Mr Trump's furious tweet came as Marie Yovanovitch testified in the House of Representatives about her abrupt firing from her post in Ukraine following an alleged smear campaign led by the President's personal attorney, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani.

It may be a reach to argue that Trump's thuggish tweet violated the federal witness-tampering statute. Ms Yovanovitch defended her anti-corruption record during the hearing.

The summary of that phone call contains evidence of Trump conditioning military assistance to Ukraine on Zelensky launching investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden and the 2016 election.

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She replied she found it "very intimidating". A day later, she did. In Ukraine, she described going to its border with Russian Federation 10 times to wave the American flag to make clear that the USA opposed Russia's efforts to expand its empire.

"The president in real-time is attacking you", Schiff said. But in May, for seemingly personal reasons, Trump fired her.

As she lays it out, the smear campaign against her was led by Ukraine's former top prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko because she saw his office as being filled with corruption. But here's where the hearings did their work.

Sondland last week amended his testimony after other witnesses 'refreshed my recollection about conversations involving the suspension of USA aid.' He now claims that Trump's actions in Ukraine likely amounted to a quid pro quo. "That's up to the committee", Pelosi said. There were some commentators on Fox News today criticizing him on it.

On Friday, the demonstration of the battle between the rule of law and oligarchy became personal. With the assistance of Yovanovitch, a 33-year foreign service veteran who has held three different ambassadorships under three presidents, Kiev is making efforts to root out longstanding corruption. "Ukrainians wanted the law to apply equally to all persons, whether the individual in question is the president or any other citizen".

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"I do not understand Mr. Giuliani's motives for attacking me, not can I offer an opinion on whether he believed the allegations he spread about me", she said. "She started off in Somalia, how did that go?"

She first heard rumors of their moves to discredit her in late 2018. Yovanovitch responded with quiet dignity, defending her actions in those places, actions for which she has been universally praised by her colleagues. "He made a mistake, and he knows her strength, and he was trying to undermine it". After Wednesday's testimony, pundits complained that the hearings lacked "pizzazz".

A transcript of their July 25 phone call shows that Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son's business dealings in Ukraine.

Referring to her testimony, Grisham said Yovanovitch deposed under oath that she was unaware of any criminal activity involving President Trump.

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