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Democrats urge U.S. diplomats to testify over Trump-Ukraine efforts

Among those asked to testify are Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and Marie Yovanovitch
17:19, 7 October 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2019.
Reuters

Some U.S. diplomats have been called to Capitol Hill for closed-door testimony this week as Democrats build their impeachment case against President Donald Trump. The White House, at the same time, considers ways to slow down the process. This was reported by Reuters agency

The interviews add to Democrats’ impeachment drive over a whistleblower’s allegations that Trump leveraged $400 million in aid to secure a promise from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and assailed the probe.

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Among those asked to testify: Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union who was involved in efforts to get Ukraine to open the investigations, and Marie Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled from her post as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in May after Trump supporters questioned her loyalty to the president.

The White House could formally tell House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi as early as Monday that it will ignore lawmakers’ demands for documents until the Democratic-controlled House holds a vote to formally approve the impeachment inquiry.

Related: Zelensky stated White House did not put forward conditions for his meeting with Trump

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