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Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump dismissed transcripts of closed-door testimony from other USA officials released so far this week as Democrats in the House of Representatives investigate allegations that the Republican president pressured Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rivals.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly attacked the person who complained to an inspector-general about the president's phone call to his Ukrainian opposite number, calling him a coward and a partisan.

The House committees probing Trump's Ukraine dealings released transcripts of the depositions of Vindman and Hill.

John Eisenberg, the lawyer with whom Vindman spoke, has been called to testify, but is among the White House officials who've refused and aren't expected to appear.

His comments come as White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney defied a House subpoena to appear before three committees leading the inquiry.

State Department official Catherine Croft testified last week that Mulvaney had put a hold on almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine four months ago - before Trump's phone call with Zelensky that spawned a whistle-blower report, and the impeachment investigation.

What Vindman wrote in his notes was that Zelenskiy specified by name the gas company Burisma - the firm that paid Hunter Biden for a time when he had a position on its board. President Trump said the phone call is "perfect" while Zelenskiy said there was "no blackmail" during the call.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ALEXANDER VINDMAN, a Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, on clearly hearing US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland telling Ukrainian officials on July 10 to investigate Mr Joe Biden and his son.

Lt-Col Vindman said he had no doubt that Mr Trump demanded that Ukraine open the investigations in return for an Oval Office visit for the Ukrainian leader.

The letter, written by attorney Andrew Bakaj, asks White House counsel Pat Cipolloneto to advise Trump of the "legal and ethical peril in which he is placing himself should anyone be physically harmed" because of Trump's or his surrogate's actions, The Hill reported.

"Ambassador Bolton immediately stiffened and ended the meeting", she said.

Hill, a well-known specialist in Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin, told investigators that she too objected to the Ukraine strategy and why: It imperiled US assistance to an ally in Ukraine was helpful to the adversary, in Russian Federation.

Given Bolton's refusal so far to testify, Hill's account may be the closest that investigators get to his perspective on the Ukraine affair.

"I'm not concerned about anything".



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