Interested in Impeachment Inquiry? A congressional source said the inquiry is unlikely to go down that route. His attorney had said previously he would not testify voluntarily. Cooper had said Bolton wouldn't appear without one.
Sondland's disclosure appeared meant to insulate him from accusations that he intentionally misled Congress during his earlier testimony, in which he frequently said he could not recall key details and events under scrutiny by impeachment investigators.
Pence was on the July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine's newly elected president Volodymyr Zelensky when Trump directly urged him to investigate the Bidens.
Pence himself has repeatedly insisted that Trump did nothing wrong but has not clarified how much he knew about efforts to pressure Ukraine and the parallel Ukraine policy that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others were leading outside the normal diplomatic and official channels.
That might damage Trump, though some of his supporters say the impeachment drive could actually boost his re-election chances by showing him at loggerheads with Washington-based political foes.
Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said that lawmakers were finding out more details about Pence's September visit to Warsaw, Poland, where he met Zelinsky.
"The DOJ did in fact release a statement about the call and the claim that it resulted in tension because it wasn't a news conference is completely false", the person said.
"We are getting an increasing appreciation for just what took place during the course of the previous year and the degree to which the president enlisted whole departments of government in the illicit aim of trying to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent as well as further a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election that he believed would be beneficial to his re-election campaign", Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told reporters. Pence called the impeachment inquiry a "disgrace".
Investigators are wrapping up the private interviews as they prepare to start public hearings next week.
William Taylor, Washington's top diplomat to Ukraine, and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent will testify on Wednesday next week, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff announced.
Kent, who had served as a top diplomat in Ukraine, also said he was subject to attacks by Giuliani and was told to "keep his head down" by a senior State Department official. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Trump has directed his employees not to cooperate with the probe.
The Post's article says he is unwilling to speak without judicial clearance (unlike other officials who've given testimony), but House Democrats still view him as a high-priority witness due to the "damaging" information he might be able to provide on Trump's Ukraine dealings. Perry did not show up for his Wednesday interview and Mulvaney was not expected to appear for his scheduled deposition on Friday.