WASHINGTON DC — On Tuesday afternoon, testimony in the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry resumes with testimony from former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, a former a top Russia and Europe adviser on the National Security Council.
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In the afternoon, Morrison and Volker are two witnesses that Republicans asked Democrats to bring in for public hearings, and GOP lawmakers are hopeful they will poke holes in the Democratic case. Volker, who worked with the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to help the Ukrainians draft a statement on investigations, testified that he did not know about a quid pro quo connecting U.S. security aid to investigations into the President's political opponents.
Morrison testified that he had concerns the July 25 call would leak, but he did not see anything wrong or illegal in the content of the call. But Morrison also corroborated Taylor's testimony, saying that Sondland had said the president told him Zelensky "must announce the opening of the investigations."
A key National Security Council aide told lawmakers earlier in the day Tuesday that President Donald Trump's push for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden on a July call was "inappropriate," and he knew "without hesitation" that he had to report it.
"It is improper for the President of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and political opponent," Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman said in his opening remarks on the third day of public impeachment hearings. "It was also clear that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the 2016 election, the Bidens and Burisma, it would be interpreted as a partisan play."