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As the House of Representatives prepares to hold open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump next week, newly released transcripts of lawmakers’ closed-door interviews with government officials shed more light on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and the central role his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, played in U.S. relations with Ukraine.
On Monday, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, offered a significant revision to his earlier testimony, saying he had delivered a message to Ukraine that the U.S. would not deliver aid pledged by Congress unless Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly stated that it would investigate the 2016 U.S. presidential election and a company that Hunter Biden, the son of former vice president Joe Biden, sat on the board of.
Other officials provided details in their testimonies on how a secondary channel for Ukraine policy was created and led by Giuliani, sidelining U.S. diplomats.
The impeachment inquiry centers on a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son. A whistleblower report prompted lawmakers to investigate whether the U.S. withheld the aid from Ukraine in order to pressure them on matters that might benefit Trump politically.
Here’s what we learned this week:
(Read Sondland’s full testimony.)
(Read Hill’s full testimony.)
(Read Vindman’s full testimony.)
(Read Kent’s full testimony.)
(Read Taylor’s full testimony.)
(Read Volker’s full testimony.)
(Read Yovanovitch’s full testimony.)
(Read McKinley’s full testimony.)
The PBS Newshour’s Lisa Desjardins, Ali Rogin, Nick Schifrin and Mike Melia contributed to this report.
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Gretchen Frazee is a Senior Coordinating Broadcast Producer for the PBS NewsHour.
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