A top White House aide has said that national-security adviser John Bolton pressured President Donald Trump to release almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, but Bolton failed to do so before resigning.
Lawmakers have focused on whether Trump abused his office for personal and political gain by prodding Ukraine to investigate his political foes in exchange for releasing the military aid. The complaint led to the sprawling House impeachment inquiry into Trump's use of American foreign policy to help his own reelection prospects. They also claim he withheld military aid to exert more pressure on Ukraine President Zelensky. The Illinois Democrat also noted the president has praised his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who is in prison for federal financial crimes and refused to cooperate with federal investigators.
"It's going to be very hard for future presidents to have a candid conversation with a world leader [because] now we've set the precedent of leaking transcripts", Mr. Johnson said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
The transcripts were released after House impeachment investigators met on Saturday to question a senior official from the White House budget office, Mark Sandy. Trump had frozen the aid, which had been authorized by Congress, in July.
Holmes's statement appears to contradict Sondland's previous sworn testimony about his interactions with Trump, in which he did not mention the July 26 phone call with the president.
"It's going to be very hard for future presidents to have a candid conversation with a world leader, because now we've set the precedent of leaking transcripts", he said, referring to the release of rough transcripts of Trump's calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Pelosi said the public phase of the House Intelligence Committee hearings would continue for another week, while additional depositions are taken from other witnesses. "Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him".
Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press", Johnson blamed that individual, not the White House, for damaging ties with an ally.
Mr Holmes said he was having lunch with Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, and two others, on the terrace of a restaurant in Kyiv on July 26.
Sen. Christopher S. Murphy (D-Conn.), appearing on CNN's "State of the Union", said Sondland, who was given his ambassadorial post after making a $1-million contribution to Trump's inaugural, "has to decide whether his primary loyalty is to America, or if his primary loyalty is to the president".
"I then heard President Trump ask, "So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it", adding that Zelenskiy will do "anything you ask him to", Holmes testified in his opening statement to House investigators, which was leaked to U.S. media.
In a CBS interview broadcast on Sunday, she alluded to Mr Nixon's resignation after the Watergate scandal involving a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters and the subsequent cover-up. In the recently released transcripts of closed-door depositions by Fiona Hill and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the two officials testified against President Trump.