Day 7, Part 5: Daniel Goldman presents Democrats’ report on impeachment inquiry

By | December 10, 2019

Day 7, Part 5: Daniel Goldman presents Democrats’ report on impeachment inquiry
Day 7, Part 5: Daniel Goldman presents Democrats’ report on impeachment inquiry
Determine what purpose is the gentleman ctrecognition have a parliamentary inquiry Mister an oath not mandated to, but it is been the practice of this committee to administer Oaths to Witnesses. I’M wondering why we have not ministered the oath in this situation. This is where now coming up before us to make presentation the two gentlemen who just testified: we’re not Witnesses. They were step, they were making opening statements for the committee cast to mr. Goldman, testifying the capacity of witness before opening statements for Witnesses. Can you suspend Mr Castor was here with mr. Burke presenting the report of the committee? Is that is the opening statement for the this committee Witnesses before this committee? Mystic Ashton now are witnesses before this committee and I will administer the oath Mister chairman if they were making presentation point of order. Did you tell me if this were a court of law you be facing sanctions right now, not a point of order right hand. Do you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury, that the testimony you are about to give is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, information and beliefs so help you, God what time is expired? Mr. Goldman, you maybe have a point of order to recognize my point of order. Is this: in the previous point of order issued by Mr Johnson of Louisiana, you ruled again point of order, because you said that Mr Burke was a witness. You’Ve just told us. He was not a witness, but he was a staffer ask. Such a staffer must avoid impugning motivation anime with that members and staff in the motivations of the president. What you ruled was that he was a witness. You just told us. She wasn’t to witness my point of order is that you were out of order in your ruling. The point of order is not sustained. He was not witness these two jobs – the chair, Georgia, mr. Johnson, Georgia, Boys. Mr. Suppose, I miss Bass by mr. Richmond, Mr Richmond. Mr. Freeze mister, miss Garcia is McDonald’s, Versailles, Master, Stanton, St Simons mucarsel-powell Governor votes, no mr. Chabot mr. Chabot mr. gohmert, mr. Jordan, mr. gohmert votes, no mr. Jordan, mr. Jordan. Both know mr. Buck. Mr., So it’s no mr. Radcliffe mr. Radcliffe with snow Miserables, Miss Robbie votes, no mr. Gates supposed to know mr. Johnson of Louisiana mr. Johnson of Louisiana votes. No mr. Biggs mr. McClintock mr. McClintock for Snowmass, let’s go mister. Mister Klein Armstrong, snow recorded mr. Biggs votes is everyone voting. Is everyone switch to go 2017 nose? Members of the committee? We are here today because Donald J Trump, the 45th president of the United States, abused the power of his office. The American presidency for his political, impersonal, benefit President Trump directed a months-long campaign to solicit foreign help in his 2020 re-election efforts. Withholding official Acts the government of Ukraine in order to coerce and secure political assistance and interference in our domestic affairs as part of this scheme, President Trump replied increase pressure on the president of Ukraine to publicly announce to investigations helpful to his personal re-election efforts. He applied this pressure himself and threw his agents thin and outside of the US government, by conditioning a desperately sought, Oval Office meeting and 390 $ 1000000 in taxpayer-funded congressionally, appropriate added security assistance to Ukraine’s ability to fend off Russian aggression. Any condition that announcement of these two political investigations that were helpful to his personal Pinterest when the president’s efforts were discovered, he released the military aid, though it would ultimately take congressional action for the money to be made fully available to Ukraine. Office meeting still has not happened when faced with the opening of an official impeachment and Curry into his conduct. President Trump launched an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of Congress, ordering executive branch agencies and government officials who defy subpoenas for documents and testimony to the investigating committees have received no documents from the Trump Administration. Pursuant to are subpoenas for courageous public servants, doing their Duty and honoring their oath to this country and coming forward and testifying residence scheme might still be concealed today. The central moment in this game was a telephone call between President Trump and Ukrainian president of this year. Call President Trump, as president selenski for a personal favor, to initiate the two investigations that President Trump hoped could ultimately help his reelection in 2020 Haitian involved former Vice President Joe Biden was an effort to smear his reputation as he seeks the Democratic nomination in next year’s Presidential election investigation sought to elevate conspiracy theory promoted by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ukraine interfered in the last presidential election to support the Democratic nominee. In truth, as made clear by irrefutable evidence from the government, Russia interfered in the last election in order to help than candidate Trump are patently false, but that did not deter President Trump during his phone call with Ukrainian president, and it does not appear to deter him Today, just two days ago, President Trump’s publicly that he hopes that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, will report to the Department of Justice and to Congress the results of mr. giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine last week to pursue these false allegations. Tarnished Vice President Biden, President Trump’s persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and are elections in to our national security. The overwhelming evidence of this scheme is described in detail in a nearly 300 Page document entitled the Trump Ukraine impeachment inquiry report, formerly transmitted from the house permanent, select committee on intelligence to this committee. A few days ago. The report relies on testimony from numerous current and former government officials are non-partisan career professionals responsible for keeping our nation safe and promoting American values around the globe. The evidence from these Witnesses cannot seriously be deceived. The president placed his personal interests above the nation’s interest. In order to help his own re-election efforts before I highlight the evidence in the findings of this report, I want to take just a moment to introduce myself and discuss today’s testimony. I join the house intelligence Committee of senior advisor and director of Investigations at the beginning of this year. Previously I served for 10 years as a here in the southern district of New York. When I joined the Department of Justice under the George W Bush Administration, the team that I led on the intelligence Community includes other former Federal prosecutors, a retired FBI agent investigators, with significant national-security of expertise. The report that I am presenting today is based entirely on the evidence that we collected in coordination with the oversight Foreign Affairs committee’s that were gathered as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions, nothing more and nothing less. The three investigating committees – Renee, Fair, professional and thorough investigation. We follow the house rules for depositions in public hearings, including the rule against agency Council being present for depositions, and members and staff from both parties had equal time to ask Christians and there were questions that were prevented from being asked and answered. This investigation move swiftly and intensively as all good investigation should other witnesses will be able to provide more context and detail about this scheme, obstructed the inquiry and refused to make available. Nevertheless, the extensive evidence that the committee is uncovered during this investigation led to the following critical findings. First, President Trump used the power of his office to pressure and induce the newly elected president of Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 presidential election for President trumps, personal and political benefit. Second, in order to increase the pressure on Ukraine to announce the politically motivated investigations that President Trump wanted, President Trump withheld a coveted Oval Office meeting and $ 391 of essential military assistance. Crane. Third President Trump’s conduct sought to undermine are free and fair elections and poses an imminent threat to our national security and 4th. Faced with the revelation of his pressure campaign against Ukraine, President Trump directed an unprecedented effort to obstruct congress’s impeachment inquiry into his conduct, and with that context in mind, I would like to turn to evidence of President Trump’s conduct concerning Ukraine by Kali. Mastercaster just said that it revolves around eight lines in one call record, but that’s sorely ignores the vast amount of avid. So we collected of a months-long scheme by the directed by the president, but I do want to start with that July 25th. Phone call, because that is critical evidence of the president’s involvement and intent. It was on that day that he held his second phone call with the new Ukrainian president. The first and April was short and cordial following the Ukrainian president’s election success, but the second call would diverge dramatic from what those listening had expected. This telephone call. President Trump spoke to Gordon sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, who had donated $ 1000000 to the presidency role campaign and who had been directed by the president himself to take on a leading role in Ukraine. Issues Ambassador through ambassador volcker, who had had lunch that day with President zelenski’s top aide Andre yarmuk, who repairs throughout Italy, appears repeatedly through this scheme. As President zelenski’s right hand, man Ambassador Volker texted, Mr yarmuk, with President Trump’s Direction. Good lunch thanks heard from White House. Assuming presidency convinces Trump, he will investigate get to the bottom of what happened. In two 16, we will nail down visit four-wheel nail down for a visit to Washington. Good luck, see you tomorrow, Kurt so even before the phone call with president solensky took place. President had directed that Ukraine initiate the investigation into 2016, the debunk conspiracy theory that Ukraine had interfered in the election in order for president selenski to get the White House visit, he desperately Covenant. Ambassador songland was clear in his testimony about this quid pro quo. Frequently frame. These complicated issues in the form of a simple question was there a quid pro quo, as I testified previously with regard to the requested, Whitehouse call and the white what’s meeting, the answer is yes during this call with Ukrainian leader, President Trump did not discuss matters of Importance to the United States, such as Ukraine’s efforts to root out corruption and stay President Trump beer quickly into the personal favor that he wanted. President selenski to due to investigations. That would help President Trump’s re-election effort Witnesses who described it as unusual improper inappropriate in concerning two of them immediately reported their concerns to White House lawyers. Let me just take a few minutes walking through that important call step by step, because it is evidence that is Central to the president’s scheme near the beginning of the call president selenski said. I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to call wait for the next steps. Specifically, we are almost ready to buy more javelins from the United States for defense purposes. The great support in the area of defense included the nearly four hundred million dollars of US military distance to Ukraine, which one witness testified was nearly 10 % of Ukraine’s defense budget, and this report comes as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In 2014, 7 % of Ukraine’s territory since then the United States has he provided support for Ukraine, an emerging post-soviet democracy to fend off Russia in the east weeks before this July 25th call President Trump had inexplicably placed a hold on Military assistance to Ukraine without providing Any reason to his own cabinet members or national security officials it is collected, showed that there was unanimous support for the aid from every relevant agency in the Trump Administration. Nevertheless, during the call, President Trump complained that us support for Ukraine was not typical it somehow. Ukraine needed to give more to the United States. What did he mean while it became clear cuz immediately after president celecki brought up US military support and purchasing Javelin anti-tank? President Trump responded. I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot, and Ukraine knows alot about it. Another favor that he reference their included, two demands that had no to-do with official US policy or foreign policy. First, president, President Trump said I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine. They say crowdstrike, as you saw yesterday. I guess you have one of your wealth as they say, Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people and he went on later. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people, and I would like you to get to the bottom of it, as you saw yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Muller, an incompetent performance. They say a lot of it started with Ukraine, whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible. Here again, President Trump was referring to the baseless conspiracy theory that the Ukrainian government not r, what’s behind the back of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, not a single witness in our investigation testified that there was any factual support for this allegation to the contrary, Natomas Assessment of the US intelligence Community found that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election and special counsel. Mueller conspiracy testified before Congress government interfere in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Dr. Fiona Hill, an expert on Russia and President Putin, who served on the National Security Council until July 10th. Why did the president was told by his own former senior advisors, including his homeland security adviser and his former National Security adviser, that the alternative theory that Ukraine had interfered in the election was false and, although in the US government knew of any factual support? For this Theory, it did have one significant supporter, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in February of 2017. President Putin said second, we all know. During the presidential campaign in the United States, the Ukrainian government adopted a unilateral position favor of one candidate more than that certain, certainly with the approval of the political leadership funded. This can or female candidate to be more precise, and if there was ever any doubt about who benefits from this unfounded Theory put forward by President Trump and his associates, President Putin made it clear, very delete when he said. Thank God. No one is accusing us anymore of interfering in US elections in Ukraine in the face of clear evidence not only from intelligence, Community experts but from his own no security team that Russia, not Ukraine, interfere to the 2016 election for the benefit of Donald Trump. President Trump. Still pressed Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into this conspiracy theory, because it would help his own political standing. President Trump even sought to withhold an oval office meeting from the president of Ukraine until he fell in line with President Putin’s lies. The league who had actually invaded Ukraine, the second to man that President Trump made of president selenski during the July 25th call was to investigate the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter President Trump stated. The other thing there’s a lot of talk about Biden, son. If I didn’t stop the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that. So whatever you can do with the attorney general would be. Great Biden went around bragging that he stop the prosecution. So if you can look into it, it sounds horrible. To me. Witnesses unanimously testified that there was no fat Google support for this claim. Rather, they noted that Vice President Biden was acting in support of an international consensus and official US policy to clean up the prosecutor. General’S office in Ukraine, despite these facts by the time of the July 25th call, mr. Giuliani had been publicly advocating for these two investigations for months, while also using back channels to press Ukrainian officials to initiate them in support of his claw Donald Trump Ambassador Sun. That understood Mr giuliani’s role very clearly. He testified mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the president of the United States, and we knew these investigations were important to the president. Two others, Mr Giuliani, was working at cross-purposes with official policy channels toward Ukraine, even as he was working on behalf of President Trump. According to former National Security advisor and Bassett John Bolton, mr. Giuliani was a quote hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up on the quote near the end of the July 25th. Call President ulinski circled back to their precooked message. The Ambassador voelker had relayed to president’s alinsky’s top paid before the call president to Let’s he said. I also wanted to thank you for your invitation to visit the United States states, specifically Washington, DC the other hand. I also wanted to ensure you that we will be very serious about the case and we will work on the investigation. In other words, on one hand, is the White House visit, while, on the other hand, he weigh free to pursue the investigations. This statement shows that President zalenski fully understood at the time of the July 25th call the quid pro quo between these investigations in the White House meeting the President Trump required and that Ambassador song that had testified so clearly about numerous Witnesses, testified about the importance of A white house meeting with the president of the United States specifically meeting in the Oval Office, an official act by President Trump is David home senior official in the US Embassy Embassy in Ukraine said. It is important to understand that a White House visit was critical to president selenski president selenski needed to show us support at the highest levels in order to demonstrate to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he had us backing as well as to advance his ambitious anti-corruption reform. A j at home, in other words the White House visit, would help zalenski’s anti-corruption reforms remains critical, as president selenski meets today with President Putin to try to resolve the conflict in the East. Now, the day after this phone call, President Trump sought to ensure that president selenski got the message. On July 26th us officials met with president. play another Ukrainian officials and Keefe, and president selenski mentioned that President Trump had brought up some quote very sensitive issues. On quote after that meeting Ambassador Sunland head a private one-on-one meeting with Andre air Moc zelenski’s top paid, during which Ambassador Sunland said that they probably discuss the issue of Investigations at lunch. Right after that, with mr. Holmes and two other state department officers, Ambassador Sunland pulled out of cell phone and called President Trump somewhat shocked. Mr Holmes recounted the conversation that followed. I heard Ambassador Sunland greet the president and explain he was calling from Keith. I heard President Trump then verify that Ambassador Ambassador song and replied. Yes, he was in Ukraine and went on to state that President solensky quote loves your ass. On quote. I then heard President Trump asked so he’s going to do the end. Navigation Ambassador. Respond sign replied that he is going to do it. The president selenski will do anything. You ask him to do after the call Ambassador Sunland told. Mr did. President Trump did not give a bleep about Ukraine and only cares about the big stuff that benefits the president himself, like the Biden investigation that Mr Giuliani was pushing to repeat – and this is very important – Ambassador Sunland spoke to President Trump before the July 25th. Call with president selenski and relayed to Ukrainian officials President Trump’s requirement of political investigations in exchange for a white bleeding during that call President Trump ask for the favor of these two immediate of these two political investigations immediately after Ukrainian president brought up u.s. military support for Ukraine, which President Trump had recently suspended or put on hold and at the end of the call president-elect, he made a point of acknowledging the link between the investigations that President Trump requested and the White House meeting the president selenski desperately want and then the following day. Ambassador Sunland confirm to President Trump on the telephone in person that ukrainians would indeed initiate the investigations discussed on the call which were the only which was the only about Ukraine. The President Trump cared about this investigation revealed that the July 25th call was not of the start or the end of President Trump efforts to use the powers of his office for personal political game, and you have to look in contacts as a whole for his three Hand-Picked agents to spearhead is corrupt agenda in Ukraine, secretary Perry, ambassadors on Linden, Ambassador Volker all of them attended presidential inauguration on May 20th, all political appointees. They proved to be more than willing to engage in what doctor he’ll later described as an improper domestic political errand. For the president, on April 21st, President solensky won the Ukrainian, with 73 % of the vote and a two primary platforms to resolve the war in the East, with Russia and to root out corruption. That same day, President Trump call to congratulate him on his win. Even the White House Press release following the call stated that President Trump expressed his share commitment to quote root out corruption, on quote President Trump in fact, did not mention corruption at all on this call, just like he did not mention eruption on the July 25th call Shortly after this call, President Trump ask vice president Mike Pence to attend president jalensky’s inauguration put on May 13th. President Trump did an about-face and directed by spray Pence not to attend an adviser to vice. President Pence testified that the inauguration had not yet been scheduled and therefore the reason for the abrupt change of plans was not related to any scheduling issues. What happened in the three weeks between April 21st and May 13th, when vice-president Pence was originally invited and then disinvited or removed from the delegation a few things? First, on April 21st, 25th, Vice President Biden formally announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for president, then about a week later on May 3rd. President Trump spoke with President Putin on the telephone. 1 senior State Department official testified that the conversation between President Trump and President Putin included a discussion of Ukraine 3rd on May 9th. Mr Giuliani told the New York Times that he intended to travel to Ukraine cancel this client President Trump in order to quote metal in an investigation on quote, but after public backlash and Apparent pushback from the ukrainians. Mr Giuliani canceled his trip the next day claiming the presidents he was surrounded by enemies of President Trump at a critical May 23rd meeting in the Oval Office. President Trump said that Ukraine was corrupt and tried to take him down in 2016. The same faults: Push by President Putin and Mr Giuliani and in order for the White House meeting to occur, President Trump told the delegation. They must talk to Rudy to get the visit scheduled. These comments from President Trump for the 1st of many subsequent indications that, in his mind, corruption equals investigations in the weeks and months following Richard Giuliani relay to both Ukrainian officials and the government officials that President Trump at designated at the May 23rd meeting to take to Take a lead on Ukraine policy directive from President Trump that a white house meeting would not occur until Ukraine announce the two political investigations that Trump required well before the July 25th. Call Ambassador, Sunland and Volker also relay this quid pro quo to the ukrainians, including to president selenski himself, ambassador directly to present selenski at the beginning of July, urging him to reference investigations associate associated with the Giuliani factor with President Trump and in meetings at the White House on July 10th and bass, Tom and told other us officials and two of presidents alinsky’s advisers, including mr. Unimog, that he had an agreement with acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, that the White House visit would be scheduled if Ukraine announced the investigations. One witness testified that, during the second of the meetings Ambassador Solomon began to review what the deliverable deliverable would be in order to get the meeting referring to an investigation of the guidance, the witness told them. But the request was explicit. There was no ambiguity and then Ambassador sound then also mentioned Purisima, a major Ukrainian Energy company. That Hunter Biden sat on the board of the witnesses that testified before the committee. The references to Purisima was shorthand for an investigation into the Biden’s as well as his staff members objected to this meeting for investigations, trade and Ambassador Bolton. You go and tell Eisenberg John Eisenberg, the legal advisor for the National Security Council, and I am not part of whatever drug deal. Solomon and Mulvaney are cooking up on this and you go ahead and tell him what you’ve heard and what I’ve said. Yet this was not an operation by Mr Giuliani and Ambassador Sunland invoker. Everyone was in the loop, including mr. Mulvaney, secretary Pompeo, secretary Perry and their top advisors on July 19th and bassador Sunland emailed Mr Mulvaney secretary, Perry, secretary Pompeo and others after speaking, present selenski. The subject was, I talked to zielinski just now and if he is prepared to receive potus’s call, the president of the United States will assure him that he intends to run a fully transparent investigation and will turn over every stone. Unquote. Both secretary Perry and Chief of Staff Mulvaney quickly responded to the noting that giving that conversation a date would soon be set to schedule the White House telephone call. The evidence also unambiguously shows that the ukrainians understood this quid pro quo dead, serious reservations, particularly because president selenski had won the election on an anti-corruption platform. In fact, a few days before the July 25th call Ambassador William Taylor in the former permanent ambassador to Ukraine. Selenski did not want to be used as a pawn in a u.s. re-election campaign for President Trump’s pressure campaign on President solensky did not relent, and just four days later present seletsky receive that message, but he needed to convince President Trump that he would do the investigations In order to get that white house meeting and as I have described exactly that on the July 25th call with President Trump in the weeks following the July 25th call President solensky heated, President Trump’s request sending his top paid Mr Dr Mark to Madrid to meet with Mr. Giuliani and coordination with mr. Giuliani president President Trump’s hand-picked Representatives, they continue this pressure campaign to secure a public announcement of the investigations. Important Trump did not require that Ukraine actually conduct the investigations as a prerequisite for the White House meeting. Instead, the Ukrainian government needed only to publicly announce the investigations. It is clear that the goal was not the investigation themselves or not any corruption that those investigations might have entailed, but the political benefit that President Trump would enjoy from an announcement of Investigations into his 20/20. Will rival and against a unanimous assessment that showed that he received foreign support in the 2016 election for that? For that reason, the fax didn’t actually matter to President Trump because he only cared about the personal and political benefit from the announcement of the investigation over the next couple of weeks, Ambassador Sunland and vulgar worked with President Trump say mr. year Mach to draft a statement. Zalenski to issue when the a proposed statement that did not include specific references to the investigations that President Trump wanted, the Barista and investigation play that that would not be good enough to get a white house meeting. And here you can see a comparison on the left of the original statement drafted by Mr yarmuk, the top aide to president solensky and on the right, a revised statement with Mr Julie requirements. And it says we intend to initiate and completed transparent us elections, which in turn will prevent the recurrence of this problem in the future. The only difference in the statement that Giuliani required and the statement that the ukrainians who drafted was this reference to the two investigation. The President Trump wanted and told president selenski about on the July 25th call ultimately president’s Administration temporarily shelved remain on going by mid-august. Ukraine did not make a public announcement of the investigation to President Trump required and, as a result, no White House meeting was scheduled. The president was pushing on another pressure point to course, Ukraine to an ounce investigations the hold on the vital military assistance if the president had put in place for more than a month still without any explanation to any of the policy experts or investigation revealed Ukrainian officials Had made quiet increase the various us officials about the eighties early is July 25th a day of the phone call increase by Ukrainian officials continued in the weeks and that followed until the hold was revealed end of August. But this is important. It was important for the Ukrainian officials to keep it quiet, because if it became public, then Russia would know that the US support for Ukraine might be on. So by the end of that month the evidence revealed several facts. The president demanded that Ukraine publicly announced to politically-motivated investigations to benefit his re-election to a coveted White House meeting was expressly conditioned on Ukraine, announcing those investigations. Three President Trump had placed a hold on vital military assistance to Ukraine without any explanation, and notwithstanding the uniform support for assistance from the relevant federal agencies and Congress distance that President Trump needed was crazy and he told the Ambassador songland. As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for the help with a political campaign, who’s the White House meeting and the military aid along in an email to secretary Pompeo on August 22nd. He wrote Mike should we block time in Warsaw for a short pull aside for POTUS to meatzilla. I would ask zalenski to look him in the eye and tell him that once Ukraine’s new Justice folks are in place, parentheses, mid-september Z, President solensky should be able to move forward publicly and with confidence on those issues of importance to POTUS and to the US. Hopefully, that will break the logjam. Ambassador Solomon testified that this was a reference to the political investigations that President Trump discussed on the July. If it’s call, which secretary Pompeo ultimately admitted to that, he listen to in real-time Ambassador Sunland hoped that this would help lift the Log Jam which he meant the hold on security assistance to Ukraine and the White House meeting. And what was secretary Pompeo response. 3 minutes later, yes, after the hold on Military assistance, became public on August 2018 or Ukrainian officials expressed grave concern. Deeply worried, of course, about the Practical impact on their efforts to fight Russian aggression, but also in this goes back to why I remain confidential. Also about the public message that it sent to the Russian on September, 1st and a pre-briefing with vice-president Pence before he met with President selenski Ambassador Sunland raised the issue of the hold on security assistance. He said I mentioned the vice president Pence before the meetings with the ukrainians that I had concerns about. The delay in Aid had become tied to the issue of Investigations. Vice president Pence simply nodded in response expressing night prize nor dismay at the linkage between the two and following vice-president Pence’s meeting with President selenski Ambassador, something went over to mr. Guerra mock again president alinsky’s top aide and pulled him aside to explain that the hold on Security assistance was also now conditioned on the public announcement of the barismo Biden and the 2016 election interference investigations Ambassador Ambassador Taylor, that he had previously made a mistake in telling Ukrainian officials that only the White House meeting was conditioned on a public announcement of the political Investigations beneficial to President Trump. In truth, the White House meeting and the vital security assistance to Ukraine was now conditioned on the Public Announcement. President Trump wanted president solensky in a public box. A private commitment was not good enough. Nearly one week later on September, 7th the holes remained and President Trump and Ambassador Sunland spoke on the phone. The president immediately told him bassador Sunland that there was no quid pro quo, but this is very important. Present selenski would still be required to announce the investigations in order for the hold on security assistance to be lifted, and you should want to do it in effect, this is the equivalent of saying there is no quid pro quo know this for that before then, demanding Precisely that quid pro quo in immediately after this phone call with President Trump, this was the precise message that bassador Sunland passed directly to president selenski. According to Ambassador Taylor, Ambassador Sunland also said that he had talked to present selenski and Mister. You are Mock and had told them that, although this was not a quid pro quo, if president solensky have did not clear things up in public, we would be at a stalemate, and I understood a stalemate to mean that Ukraine would not receive the much-needed military assistance Needing the military assistance and for the White House meeting President solensky finally relented to President Trump’s pressure campaign, and although there is no doubt that President Trump had ordered the military aid held up until the ukrainians, committed to the investigations on October 17th, acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney confirmed in public that there was such a quid-pro-quo. Let’S watch what he said. Things factors also mention to me and passed it that the corruption related to the DNC server. Absolutely no question about that, but that’s it that’s why we held up the money. Tv look back to what happened in 2016. By early September, the president’s scheme was unraveling on September, 9th intelligence oversight and Foreign Affairs committee has announced an investigation into President Trump and mr. Johnson giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine and later that same day, intelligence committee learn that a whistleblower had filed a complaint to some unknown Issue but which the president and the White House knew was related to Ukraine and had been circulating among the for some time. Then, two days later, on September 11th, in the face of growing public and Congressional scrutiny, President Trump lifted the hold on security assistance to Crane. As with the implementation of the hold, no reason was provided put simply President Trump got caught, so he released the 8th, but even since this investigation began, the president has demonstrated no Contrition or acknowledgement that to interfere in our election is wrong. In fact, he has repeatedly called on Ukraine to investigate bike. Vice President Biden, his rival, these and other actions by the president and his associates. It did not end with Russia’s support for Trump in 2016, which President Trump invited by asking for his opponent, to be hacked by Russia, and it did not end. What is Ukrainian scheme was exposed in September of this year. President Trump also engaged once this investigation began in an unprecedented effort to obstruct the inquiry, and I looked forward to answering your questions about that unprecedented obstruction. In conclusion, I want to say that the intelligence committee has produced to you. I nearly 300 Page report, and I am grateful that you have offered me the opportunity today to walk you through some of the evidence underlying it, admittedly a lot to digest. But let me just say this: the present scheme is actually quite simple and the facts are not seriously and dispute. It could be boiled down to four key takeaways. Did President Trump directed a scheme to pressure Ukraine into opening two investigations that would benefit is 20/20 re-election campaign and not the US national interest. Second, President Trump used his official office in the official tools of US foreign policy, the withholding of an oval office meeting in 390 $ 1000000 in security assistance to pressure Ukraine into meeting his demands. Third, everyone was in the loop is Chief of Staff. The Secretary of State and vice president enforce, despite the public discovery of this scheme, which prompted the president to release the aid he has not given up. He and his agents continue to solicit Ukrainian interference in our election, causing an imminent threat to our elections in our national security emotions. I believe it’s Michele be in recess, subject to the college chair Emoji committee. Miss Jackson Leave acai mr. Cowan mr. Cowan was I mr. Johnson Georgia. Mr. Johnson Georgia votes, I mastered white bass. Time is Rick mr. 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I was asking people to maintain their seats while the two witnesses are given an opportunity to leave. I would remind people in the audience and if they leave it, may not have the seats back. When we reconvene the committee will turn researching reconvene in 15 minutes.
House Intelligence Committee senior adviser and director of investigations Daniel Goldman presented the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry report at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday, December 9. “We are here today because Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, abused the power of his office—the American presidency—for his personal political benefit,” Goldman said.

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