A top US diplomat gave testimony in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, telling lawmakers his boss sought to use leverage to secure political favours.
Marie Yovanovitch testifies in the second public hearing even as US president launches Twitter attack on her during the testimony, dubbed "witness intimidation" by Democrats.
A released testimony revealed Gordon Sondland, a top ally of the US president, admitted he told a Ukraine official that US military aid was contingent on Kiev investigating Donald Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted US ambassador to Ukraine, and Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, recount mounting concerns about the Trump administration's actions toward Ukraine in hundreds of pages of transcript.
Gordon Sondland had been due to meet behind closed doors with staff of three Democratic-led House committees over the role he may have played in President Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to probe former vice president Joe Biden, a political rival.
Democrats ask White House for documents related to President Trump's call with Ukraine leader and subpoena Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who admits listening in on the July call that's triggered impeachment inquiry of Trump.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuses Democrats of bullying and intimidation in asking five diplomats to testify on White House efforts to seek dirt on President Trump's political rival.
President Donald Trump attacked the Democratic lawmaker Adam Schiff spearheading the impeachment inquiry on Monday as congressional committees subpoenaed his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, for documents related to his dealings with Ukraine.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said on Sunday that he would cooperate with the House's impeachment inquiry if the president gave him permission.
In the days following the phone call between President Trump and Ukraine's new president, senior White House officials intervened to "lock down" all records of the call, according to a declassified whistleblower complaint.
US President Donald Trump reportedly urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
The Trump administration is in a standoff with leaders of the House of Representatives over an August 12 complaint from a whistleblower within the intelligence community, reported to involve Trump's communications with a foreign leader.
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