Lawyer Says Trump Knowing About Whistleblower 'Blows Apart' Ukraine Defense

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President Donald Trump tosses a hat at the top of his Tuesday rally. | Susan Walsh AP

Trump learned of the complaint in late August, and the aid package was released on September 11.

But the new timing detail shows he was also aware at the time that the whistle blower had accused him of wrongdoing in withholding the aid and in his broader campaign to pressure Ukraine's new President, Mr Volodymyr Zelensky, to conduct investigations on his Democratic rival for the presidency Joe Biden and his son that could benefit Mr Trump's re-election chances.

According to the people, who are familiar with the matter, lawyers from the White House counsel's office briefed Trump on the complaint and explained that they were attempting to ascertain whether they were legally obligated to give it to Congress.

According to the White House, Butter enjoys listening to bagpipes and has a gobble style that is "rowdy". The assertion of such a link has since been corroborated by a parade of witnesses testifying on Capitol Hill.

The revelation comes just days before the House judiciary committee takes over the impeachment inquiry, scheduling a hearing for next week as it pushes closer to a possible vote on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors and a congressional trial for the president in the Senate.

Nadler told Trump in the letter that the upcoming hearing would feature a discussion of the "constitutional framework through which the House may analyze the evidence gathered in the present inquiry", and that lawmakers would be looking into whether Trump's "alleged actions warrant the House's exercising its authority to adopt articles of impeachment". Some of funds were released on September 11, the summary reportedly says, after lawmakers were alerted to the existence of a whistleblower complaint detailing concerns over Trump's mid-July call with Zelensky.

Although Grisham gave no indication as to whether Trump or his lawyers would accept the invitation, USA media reported that they expressed suspicion privately about participating in a process they considered unfair to the president.

The House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday it would begin hearings on December 4 in the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, inviting the USA president and his lawyer to attend.

Multiple government witnesses testified in impeachment hearings held by the Intelligence panel this month that Trump directed his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to take the lead on Ukraine policy and that Giuliani pushed an "irregular" diplomatic channel.

After Democrats on the House and Senate Appropriations committees wrote OMB and the White House on August 9 to warn that the move could be illegal, Duffey signed another letter allowing the release 2 percent of the State Department funds each day, but the Defense Department money continued to withheld, the summary said.

Lastly, Democrats could include an obstruction of justice article based on special counsel Robert Mueller´s report released earlier this year. One of former President Bill Clinton's strategists, Mark Penn, met with Trump to provide advice on how to handle impeachment, The Washington Post reported.

Sandy testified that Trump himself requested additional information about the aid on July 19 after seeing an unidentified "media report".

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