Donald Trump will 'strongly consider' testifying before Congress impeachment inquiry

President Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy compelled US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the inquiry against the president

In private testimony to impeachment investigators made public Saturday, Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council aide and longtime Republican defence hawk, said Sondland told him he was discussing Ukraine matters directly with Trump.

Trump has said he has no recollection of the overheard call and has suggested he barely knew Sondland, a wealthy donor to his 2016 campaign.

That appeared to represent an increase from before the hearings in the House Intelligence Committee began Wednesday.

"Our insane, Do Nothing (where's USMCA, infrastructure, lower drug pricing & much more?) Speaker of the House, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, who is petrified by her Radical Left knowing she will soon be gone (they & Fake News Media are her BOSS), suggested on Sunday's DEFACE THE NATION that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt". Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, told reporters that if Mr Trump "doesn't like what he's hearing, he shouldn't tweet", but instead "testify under oath". In dozens of instances, Mr Trump then said he could not "recall" the facts.

Democrat Peter Welch responded at the time, "I would be glad to have the person who started it all come in and testify".

On Thursday, Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council Russia adviser, is scheduled to appear.

Former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was telling lawmakers how she had been forced out of her post in oddly abrupt circumstances around the time of the alleged Trump scheme in the ex-Soviet republic.

This caused widespread consternation in the hearing room and Ms Yovanovitch called the president's intervention "very intimidating". At the conclusion of Intelligence Committee hearings, whether they end this week or later, the Judiciary Committee will review the resulting report and may hold some hearings of its own before potentially drawing up articles of impeachment to be voted on by the full House.

Gordon Sondland, Mr Trump's ambassador to the European Union, is among the only people interviewed to date who had direct conversations with the President about the situation because the White House has blocked others from cooperating with what it dismisses as a sham investigation.

Fifty-one per cent of those asked said they think Trump should be tried and convicted in the US Senate, while another six per cent favor impeachment but not removal, according to the ABC News-Ipsos poll.

"Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released statement from Ukraine", Trump said.



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