” The documents reveal a clear paper trail from Rudy Giuliani to the Oval Office to Secretary Pompeo to facilitate Giuliani’s smear campaign against a U.S. ambassador.”
Hearings paint a vivid portrait of an American president willing to leverage his powerful office to push a foreign government for personal political help.
Polling has shown that while public opinion has shifted recently toward slightly backing Trump’s impeachment, Democrats strongly support the effort while Republicans vehemently oppose it. Independents have been divided.
In a blockbuster morning of testimony, Sondland’s opening remarks included several key details: He confirmed that he spoke with Trump on a cellphone from a busy Kyiv restaurant the day after the president prodded Ukraine’s leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden. He implicated others in Trump’s actions.
Morrison’s testimony ties Trump more closely to the central charge from Democrats pursuing impeachment.
Sondland told him the president did not “give a shit about Ukraine.”
Taylor further connects Trump, Giuliani and the administration to a quid-pro-quo agreement that came to light after a government whistleblower’s complaint.