The Republican request to have Biden's son Hunter, the whistleblower and six other people testify intensifies the political battle between Republicans and Democrats to shape the narrative of the probe. House Democrats are accusing the president of leveraging his office and withholding US aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate and obtain information on a political opponent-2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden. "It's witch hunt after witch hunt", he said, glancing occasionally at his notes.
Representative Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally and leading Republican opponent of the inquiry, said on Thursday that Republicans intend to subpoena the whistleblower to testify in public. "There's never been a president who's been so transparent". With Trump facing an embarrassing bid by his rival to have him impeached, it is going to be a long, hard year ahead for the incumbent president.
Conservative news articles purporting to identify the whistleblower have sought to link the person with Joe Biden and "deep state" conspirators within the Obama administration who some Republicans say were determined to undermine Trump's candidacy when he was running for office and later his presidency.
"You go and tell Eisenberg that I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up on this", Hill said Bolton told her.
But Republicans need the committee's approval to summon their witnesses and Democrats are in the majority.
"I urge all of our government leaders - notably all Members of Congress - to step back and reflect on the important role whistleblowers play in our constitutional republic's ability to oversee itself", the letter reads.
The House committees probing Trump's Ukraine dealings released transcripts of the depositions of Vindman and Hill.
Since a rough transcript of the Trump-Zelenskiy conversation was released, a series of witnesses have given depositions to House investigators that lend credence to the notion that the delivery of the US aid to Ukraine was made contingent on an agreement by that country to announce an investigation of the Bidens - the much-discussed "quid pro quo".
On Friday, Trump confirmed to reporters that he had a second call with Zelensky, which occurred in April, and said he was open to releasing the transcript of that call.
Undeterred by the initiation of impeachment proceedings against him, Donald Trump has warned Americans that the country will head towards unprecedented "depression" if he is not re-elected in the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. And just four per cent of African Americans said they think Trump's actions have had a positive impact on African Americans in general, while 81 per cent said they think they've been bad. "I will give you a second transcript, because I had two calls with the president of Ukraine". Vice President Mike Pence is telling the crowd that Republicans, from Abraham Lincoln to Dwight Eisenhower, have a history of looking out for African Americans.