White House accidentally sends Ukraine talking points to Democrats again

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the country should investigate whether there was any meddling by the previous authorities in the 2016 US elections

Ukraine to investigate potential 2016 US election interference

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff speaks with reporters after meeting with former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on Capitol Hill on October 11, 2019, in Washington. He dismissed reporters' questions about how Ivanka Trump's businesses benefiting from transactions in China is different. The White House had vowed that administration officials would not cooperate with the impeachment probe.

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors in NY for possible lobbying violations. However, the memo notes there was no mention of security assistance or the threat of military funds being withdrawn in the phone call - the key argument used by Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry.

Democrats have alleged that Trump withheld the aid as a way to pressure Zelensky to investigate Biden, a potential 2020 election rival.

There has been no evidence either Biden was engaged in illegal activities.

Mr Trump has denied he did anything wrong on the call. Neither Giuliani nor Trump has publicly specified their objections to her.

Yovanovitch, according to a copy of her opening statement, said she had been told by a senior State Department official about "a concerted campaign against me".

Democrats have also criticized the Trump administration for what they see as efforts to obstruct the investigation.

Zelenskiy said he was ready to investigate Ukraine's role in the 2016 United States elections if served with an official request by the US.

California Democrat Adam Schiff arrives on Capitol Hill on Friday.

"In particular, her early recall raises questions about whether you put the personal interests of the president above the department's career personnel or U.S. foreign policy", they wrote. Trump has claimed the company was based in Ukraine, but it is based in the US and company co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch is a Russian-born USA citizen. She has dual U.S. -U.K. citizenship.

In a statement Friday, Ambassador Gordon Sondland's attorney said he will comply with a subpoena issued by the House committees after his no-show and appear before the committees on Thursday. The committees are intelligence, foreign and oversight. But Sondland is not yet authorized to release documents the committees have sought, his lawyers said.

Even one hour before her scheduled testimony it was not clear if Yovanovitch would appear or be blocked by the administration.

Sondland, a Trump political donor who contributed $1 million U.S. to the Republican president's inauguration committee, exchanged text messages about Washington's relationship with Ukraine with other top diplomats.

Meanwhile, Trump on Friday prepared to stage his second campaign rally outside of Washington since the impeachment inquiry began.

At a distance, it seems as if the quid is suddenly meeting the quo.

Two Florida businessmen tied to Giuliani were charged Thursday with federal campaign finance violations. She was referring to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. She said she had not spoken to Hunter Biden and had only spoken to Joe Biden several times over the course of many years in government.

An anonymous intelligence community whistleblower filed a complaint about the call, accusing Trump of leveraging his office and withholding US aid to Ukraine to obtain "dirt" on a political opponent-2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden. A trial on whether to remove him from office would then be held in the U.S. Senate, where the Republicans who control the chamber have shown little appetite for ousting the president. Former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May 2018 asking that he consider terminating Yovanovitch from her post.

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