Trump Was Briefed on Whistleblower Complaint in August

Rep. Joaquin Castro D-Texas listens to former White House national security aide Fiona Hill and David Holmes a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine as they testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 21 2019

The judiciary committee announced Tuesday its first public hearing to take place on December 4 and invited President Donald Trump and his counsel to attend and question witnesses.

"Mr. Trump faced bipartisan pressure from Congress when he released the aid", the Times noted.

The complaint from the whistle blower, a CIA officer who submitted it to the inspector-general for the intelligence community in mid-August, put at the centre of that pressure campaign a July 25 phone call between the presidents, which came at a time when Mr Trump had already frozen the aid to the Ukrainian government.

"I am hopeful that you and your counsel will opt to participate in the Committee's hearing, consistent with the rules of decorum and with the solemn nature before us", judiciary committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a letter announcing the hearing, which is titled, "The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment".

The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that two officials at the White House Office of Management and Budget resigned in part over concerns about Trump's order to withhold the Ukraine funds.

The White House has declined to comment. "The New York Times reported in September that White House advisers - namely, Mr. Cipollone and Mr. Eisenberg - knew about the whistle-blower complaint in August".

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Several diplomats and national security officials have testified that the aid freeze to Ukraine had generated discord at the State Department, the Defense Department and the National Security Council, where top officials were reportedly concerned about the legal implications of denying money allocated by Congress, reported the The New York Times.

Up until this point, the Judiciary Committee has largely been sidelined, with the House Intelligence Committee leading the inquiry and public hearings.

As the House Democrats move their impeachment inquiry against President Trump to the House Judiciary Committee, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Wednesday that their efforts to convince observers that the president committed an impeachable offense failed and they are lacking "allies" and "bipartisanship".

'What is left to us now is to decide whether this behavior is compatible with the office of the Presidency, and whether the Constitutional process of impeachment is warranted'. "Trump only released the aid because he got caught".

The impeachment inquiry is looking into the allegation that Trump withheld the almost $400million in USA military aid until Ukraine agreed to investigate the Bidens.

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