WASHINGTON / NEW EUROPE (Reuters) – Another crucial set of scheduling testimony by US lawmakers from this terrible inquiry was conducted by President Donald Trump this week, but some important White House witnesses intend to overcome them. Some other administrative officers could proceed.
President U. Donald Trump talks to the media on the White House South Lawn in Washington when he returns from New York, USA, 3 November, 2019. REUTERS / Yuri Gripas
Trump loyalists may refuse to appear before committees led by Democracy to set the stage for a battle between the White House and lawmakers regarding their power to conduct the investigations. Some Democrats say that Trump, who ordered administrative officers without co-operation, should face a justice charge among the counts they intend to consider against him.
Three White House budget officials, including the active budget director, are already refusing to show, a senior Trump administration officer citing the White House opposition to the inquiry. Their evidence is considered crucial to help decide whether Trump used foreign aid as leverage for political gain.
Another important witness slated for Monday is John Eisenberg, the best lawyer for the White House National Security Council. He is particularly interested in questioning him about a phone call in July 25 in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Trump, Joe Biden, a former political president.
Eisenberg was involved in the decision to take the extraordinary step of moving a transcript of the call into White House's largest ranked computer system, according to a person who had knowledge of last week's evidence from Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.
Eisenberg also told Vindman, who listened to the call, not to discuss the matter when the White House aide and some other National Security Council officials raised concerns over his conversation. , said the source, speaking provided they are anonymous.
Vindman pointed out that he found it inappropriate to demand a foreign government to investigate a US citizen and he was so concerned about the implications it had for Eisenberg.
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The sharp inquiry in the House of Representatives led by Democracy focuses on missing Trump in July's phone call on Zelenskiy of Bidens to investigate. Trump made his request to withhold $ 391 million in security aid approved by the Conference to help Ukraine address Russian separators in eastern Ukraine.
The House is investigating whether Trump is abusing the power of his office and, if so, what constitutes “high crimes and misconduct” which you have attempted to remove and remove from office. Constitution.
Trump, who refused any wrongdoing, accused the Democrats on Sunday of “working with overtime to fix the Competitive Process Process Process” to hurt the Republican Party and me. ”
It is hoped that the Democrats will close the door-closing evidence in the coming weeks and begin public hearings.
Evidence has been given at a parade to current and former US officials that the White House outside a normal diplomatic channel has conquered Zelenskiy. Some of the answers to Trump's orders were seen, but others did not evidence them, which critics claimed that they tried to make the events happen.
It was unclear whether Eisenberg – as well as his representative, Michael Ellis – would appear on Monday.
There were also questions about whether Robert Blair, senior adviser to the active Chief of Staff of Trump, Mick Mulvaney, would appear on Monday. Media reports state that it would not give evidence. His solicitor did not reply to comments.
The White House refused to comment on whether Eisenberg and Blair would appear.
However, three other officials – the Acting Managing Director and White House Russ Vought and two of his delegates, Michael Duffey and Brian McCormack – will not see for questioning scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, the administration official said. because of anonymity.
Members of the democratic committee asked the former national security adviser John Bolton, who had suffered Trump in September, to appear on Thursday. Others suggested that the effort to press Zelenskiy put pressure on Bolton. Bolton's lawyer said he is unwilling to give evidence unless subpoena is issued.
Trump asked reporters that Bolton should testify to him, Sunday: “That's himself and the lawyers… I like John Bolton, I was always with him.”
Additional reporting by Steve Holland and Jan Wolfe in Washington, writing Matt Spetalnick, edited by Lincoln Feast.
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