READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine

Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry

Kent and Taylor have testified regarding their concerns about Yovanovitch's removal as the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, took the lead on Ukraine policy.

That admission, included in a four-page sworn statement released Tuesday, directly contradicted his testimony to investigators last month, when he said he "never" thought there was any precondition on the aid.

Mr Mulvaney is the latest administration official to be ordered to testify with the impeachment probe closing in around those nearest the president as it proceeds into a new public phase, in which transcripts of closed-door testimony are being released.

Trump maintains there was no "quid pro quo" (Latin for "favour for a favour") and has called the inquiry a "witch-hunt".

The U.S. was withholding military aid that had been allocated by Congress to Ukraine, which was fighting Russian troops in the eastern part of the country.

Democrats say asking a foreign power to target a USA political rival represents an abuse of power by Trump, who denies any wrongdoing.

Three other witnesses summoned by the House committees were not expected to appear.

"Let me be clear: Mr. Giuliani does not work for me or for my mission, and I do not know what official or unofficial role, if any, he has with the State Department", he said in his opening statement.

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Taylor spoke of a September 1 phone call with Sondland, who "told me that President Trump had told him that he wants President Zelensky to state publicly that Ukraine will investigate Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 USA election".

The next day, Mr Volker said that Ukraine should insert into the proposed statement that the planned investigation would include issues "involving Burisma and the 2016 elections" - a reference to a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, was behind the interference in the 2016 U.S. election. According to the testimony, his administration conditioned both military aid and a sought-after Ukraine meeting with Trump on Kiev's willingness to launch an investigation of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm connected to Biden's son.

He suggested that there was an understanding that military aid would not be released to Ukraine as the White House waited for the country to publicly announce investigations into the Biden family and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

"Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves...but also to learn firsthand about the facts of the president's misconduct", stated Schiff. In his questions to Taylor, Castor asked the diplomat if he'd ever heard of or spoken with the anonymous whistleblower who first reported the July Trump-Zelenskiy phone call.

This comes as President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has hired a trio of attorneys to represent him amid the House impeachment inquiry. "They seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo". "I will have Mr Giuliani give you a call", Mr Trump said, according to a rough transcript released by the White House.

The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees released deposition transcripts of Sondland and former USA special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker on Tuesday as they shift to the public phase of the impeachment investigation.

"A political campaign for the reelection of President Trump", Taylor said.

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