Impeachment Hearing Opening Statements: Williams, Vindman, Volker, Morrison


"It is not a president who believes in governance".

Republicans are denouncing the impeachment inquiry as an effort to undo the results of the 2016 election. "What does it mean?"

The president's medical appointment wasn't listed on his Saturday public schedule, and his last physical was just nine months ago.

David Holmes, a career diplomat and the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, arrives on Capitol Hill, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Washington, to testify before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Vindman also said that Eisenberg, the NSC attorney, moved the official record of the call onto a highly classified system that few could access - a decision that Vindman called a departure from protocol.

The president said he paid a quick visit to Walter Reed over the weekend for a routine check-up that will be completed in January and to visit with military families and staff there.

Conley went on to say: "Specifically, [Trump] did not undergo any specialised cardiac or neurologic evaluations", and ruled out chest pains or acute issues.

The assertion included particulars of the president's ldl cholesterol outcomes and added that after the checkup, Trump had spoken to the household of a soldier present process surgical procedure on the hospital in addition to to hospital workers.

Perhaps the most anticipated witness is Sondland, since he spoke multiple times to the president about Ukraine policy.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Tuesday the country has been proud to receive support from both major United States political parties, the Republicans and Democrats, and that Kiev is keen to maintain that assistance. When the White House produced a rough transcript later that day, she put it in Vice President Pence's briefing materials.

"The Republicans are absolutely killing it; they are doing so well because they are doing so well", Trump said proudly during a cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. Grisham also denied the President had any health issue. She said Bolton later compared the ask to "a drug deal". Franklin D. Roosevelt won a fourth term despite severe hypertension that would contribute to his death 11 weeks into his term.

"There was no ambiguity", said Vindman, an Army officer detailed to the White House who showed up at the deposition in his military uniform.

Mr Morrison said Mr Sondland and Mr Trump had spoken approximately five times between July 15 and September 11 - the weeks that $391 million in U.S. assistance was withheld from Ukraine before it was released. Bornstein later said he wrote the note in five minutes while a limo sent by the candidate waited outside his office.

The public phase of hearings shifts into higher gear this week when a parade of officials will face questioning by Democratic lawmakers seeking details that could link Trump to a pressure campaign against Ukraine.

Testifying at Tuesday's impeachment hearing, Vindman said the conversation took place at the White House on July 10.

Trump made the same claim in a tweet late Saturday night, calling the visit "phase one of my yearly physical" and saying he would complete his physical "next year". But the explanation raised questions simply because its handling was unusual.