Trump Basically Let Rudy Giuliani Hijack American Foreign Policy

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Trump's former lawyer also said that he will defy a subpoena from the House of Representatives who are in the midst of an impeachment inquiry that, over the past week, has centered around a series of closed-door interviews with former Trump aides and associates who might shed light on the president's dealings with Ukraine.

Democratic lawmakers leading an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump have heard days of testimony from a parade of senior government officials. Pence has not been subpoenaed but has been warned that refusal to cooperate could be interpreted as evidence of obstruction.

Career diplomat George Kent testified on Tuesday and former USA ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch accused the Trump administration of recalling her in May based on false terms, in testimony last Friday.

Democrats began the impeachment inquiry on September 24 following the disclosure that the whistleblower had lodged a complaint about a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination in 2020, and his son Hunter, who had business interests in Ukraine.

Two current State Department officials were subpoenaed and complied, defying their order not to appear: former USA ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, whose portfolio includes Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.

Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin told reporters Hill, who spoke to the House Intelligence Committee and two other panels, "was a remarkably thorough and authoritative witness" who recalled "particular events and particular meetings".

At the request of Bolton, Hill also said she had at least two meetings with National Security Council lawyer John Eisenberg about Giuliani's conduct.

Career State Department official George Kent testified Tuesday he was told by administration officials to "lay low" on Ukraine as "three amigos" tied to the White House took over USA foreign policy toward the Eastern European ally. His lawyer, Jon Sale, said the documents were protected by legal principles that shield attorney-client communications and presidential communications. A formal authorization vote would put the imprimatur of the full House onto the inquiry and lay out a clear path forward, blunting the Republicans' overwrought criticisms of the process.

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Hunter Biden, 49, denied doing anything improper and Joe Biden has denied Trump's allegations of corruption.

A senior State Department official, George Kent, testified Tuesday that he'd been told by a supervisor to lie low after complaining about Rudy Giuliani's meddling in Ukraine, according to Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, who sits on the House Oversight Committee.

Requested whether or not she ought to maintain a vote to name Trump's bluff, Pelosi mentioned: "This is not a game for us".

Not only has Mr. Trump refused to grant the Ukrainian leader a White House visit, but also he has suspended the delivery of $250 million in United States military aid to a country still fighting Russian aggression in its eastern provinces. Giuliani is Trump's personal lawyer and was heavily involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine on the investigations.

Trump, who calls the impeachment inquiry an "illegitimate process", has pressured Pelosi to take a formal vote.

"The committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding security assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters", the document noted.

On Friday, Yovanovitch testified she had been ousted based on "unfounded and false claims" after coming under attack by Giuliani.

McKinkey is not included in internal emails given to Congress by the State Department inspector general and obtained by ABC News, where officials like Kent are seen countering a "fake news driven smear" campaign against Yovanovitch.

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