READ: Alexander Vindman Testimony Transcript In Impeachment Inquiry

President Donald Trump blasts Washington Post story alleging that he asked Attorney General William Barr to call press conference defending Ukraine call

Despite the lack of an official White House memo on the second call, Trump's former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker had tweeted about the second call soon after it happened.

The White House instructed its officials not to comply with the investigation, which is looking at the ppresident's dealings with Ukraine.

They've fought back Republican attempts to expose the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint is at the heart of the impeachment effort. It was not immediately clear whether the president was referring to that call or another unreported conversation he held with his Ukrainian counterpart, The Independent said.

"I don't believe it's appropriate for him to have been hired to do this", Hill said of Steele's contract with Fusion GPS.

Kupperman, whose lawsuit Mulvaney wants to join, is using the same defense lawyer as former national security adviser John Bolton, who did not appear for his scheduled testimony Thursday.

"Your failure or refusal to appear at the deposition, including at the direction or behest of the President, shall constitute further evidence of obstruction", they wrote.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says in testimony that there was "no ambiguity".

Lawyers for the whistleblower, who is identified only as a member of the intelligence community, have said revealing their client's identity would risk their personal safety and that they have already received death threats directed at their client. "I don't like doing it because it's such a bad precedent", Trump said. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.

And witnesses have continued to come in. She spent about four hours on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

In September, the White House published a transcript of Trump's July telephone conversation with Zelensky, during which he asked several times that his government investigate Biden, an incident that sparked the Democratic inquiry that could lead to the impeachment of the USA president.

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The impeachment inquiry centers on a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son.

Although Mr Trump has said there was no quid pro quo, several witnesses, including top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor, have testified that it was their understanding that Ukraine would not receive military assistance or a coveted Oval Office visit until it met the president's demands.

House Democrats released new transcripts of Trump officials' testimony Friday as they pushed their impeachment inquiry toward next week's public hearings.

The former adviser said she had received death threats and other targeted attacks similar to Marie Yovanovitch, who was forced out of her position as US ambassador to Ukraine.

The letter, written by attorney Andrew Bakaj, asks White House counsel Pat Cipolloneto to advise Trump of the "legal and ethical peril in which he is placing himself should anyone be physically harmed" because of Trump's or his surrogate's actions, The Hill reported.

Hill was said to have told investigators that she registered concerns about President Trump's policy to pressure the government of Ukraine in exchange for commitments to launch investigations that might help him in the 2020 election. Pence called the impeachment inquiry a "disgrace".

Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer and special adviser to Pence for Europe and Russian Federation, was testifying in a closed-door hearing in front of members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees after receiving a subpoena to compel her testimony.

Mulvaney was issued a subpoena Thursday and ordered to appear before the Intelligence committee Friday.

State Department official Catherine Croft testified last week that Mulvaney had put a hold on almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine four months ago - before Trump's phone call with Zelensky that spawned a whistle-blower report, and the impeachment investigation.

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