A White House review of President Donald Trump's decision to withhold almost $400 million in United States military aid to Ukraine showed an extensive effort to justify that hold after it was placed and a question of its legality, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Just 45 per cent of Republicans said the same. Fifty-six percent of Democrats said they have been following the congressional hearings "very closely" or "somewhat closely"; among Republicans, that number was 11 percentage points lower. It's not written on a stone tablet", one GOP aide to a meeting attendee told ABC News."There is no consensus.
Trump made his remarks the day after the fifth and final scheduled day of public hearings in the US House of Representatives inquiry.
Holmes said under oath that at a Kiev restaurant he overheard a July 26 mobile phone conversation in which Trump loudly pressed Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union, for details on whether Ukraine would carry out politically motivated investigations the president was seeking.
Trump said Giuliani was the right person for the job.
"He is a friend of mine".
Trump also repeated the conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 USA election - just a day after a former National Security Council expert, Fiona Hill, denounced that in testimony as a "fictional narrative" advanced by Russian Federation to harm the United States.
Democrats hoped it would be the week that Donald Trump was hoist with his own petard. The claim appeared to alarm Fox hosts, including Steve Doocy.
The hold on the military aid is at the heart of House Democrats' investigation into whether the president should be removed from office for allegedly trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rivals in exchange for the USA support that President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately wanted in the face of Russian military aggression.
"That's what the word is, and that's what I asked actually in my phone call", Trump responded, referring to his July 25 conversation with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
Trump seems to welcome impeachment moving out of the House and to the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority.
Trump said Ukraine is "known as being the third most corrupt country in the world". Biden, who leads the Democratic 2020 nomination race, has said Trump has smeared him with corruption allegations because he fears a Biden candidacy.
Opinion among American voters is split as to whether Trump should be removed from office.
But Trump seized on polling released this week that shows him winning in hypothetical matchups against Biden and other Democrats in battleground Wisconsin, a state Trump flipped in 2016 but which Democrats aim to retake. A Senate trial, if it begins in January as sources have suggested, will likely keep all of the candidates off of the campaign trail during a pivotal primary season."I'm sure they're going to be excited to be here in their chairs not being able to say anything during the pendency of this trial", McConnell said.