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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to media during his press conference in Kiev Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to media during his press conference in Kiev Ukraine

Her testimony could be a breakthrough for those seeking first-hand details about efforts by Trump, including through Giuliani, to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son. Her prepared remarks were obtained by The Associated Press. "He has no agenda apart from answering the Committees' questions fully and truthfully", it said.

"I think that's what got her in trouble", said this official, who also requested anonymity to discuss a domestic political matter.

Lawmakers leaving the meeting would not provide specifics from the confidential deposition.

Ms Yovanovitch was the third key witness to appear in the impeachment inquiry.

"He added that there had been a concerted campaign against me". He said the eight hours he was there "went like a NY second".

Yovanovitch "set a very powerful, courageous example", said Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey.

Or put another way, Ukraine now appears to be saying and doing what Donald Trump wanted Ukraine to say and do.

On Friday, Michael McKinley, one of secretary of state Mike Pompeo's senior advisers, resigned, reportedly because of disillusion over Yovanovitch's treatment. Zelensky said he agreed "100%". Prosecutors said they conspired to contribute foreign money, including at least $1 million from an unidentified Russian businessman, to candidates for federal and state offices to buy influence. According to Yovanovitch, Sullivan said the president no longer wished for her to be his ambassador because he had lost confidence in her.

In copies of the guidance shared with The Hill, The White House encouraged Republicans to adopt a series of messages created to turn the tables back on Democrats, including attacks on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's (D-Calif.) handling of the probe. She has remained on the State Department payroll as a fellow at Georgetown University since she was recalled.

Among the allegations she refuted as being false were that she was "disloyal" to Trump or privately said to ignore his orders because he would be impeached. The White House had vowed that administration officials would not cooperate with the impeachment probe.

On Oct. 14, Fiona Hill, a former White House adviser who focused on Russian Federation, is expected to appear, and three current State Department officials are tentatively scheduled next week.

"His policy, his personality, his potty-mouth, that's about the election", Pelosi said, according to an aide who was on the call.

A White House summary of the call showed Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate business dealings by the family of his political rival Joe Biden in Ukraine, as well as claims the former vice-president had a Ukrainian prosecutor fired for looking into a company where his son worked.

The State Department traditionally relies on mutual legal assistance treaties, under which US and foreign officials agree to exchange evidence and information in criminal investigations.

During her opening statement, the former ambassador pushed back against accusations that she had been soft on corruption efforts or investigations.

The former ambassador said she could only recall contact with Giuliani on three occasions, none of which had anything to do with the matters under investigation.

Two of Giuliani's associates, who had been helping him find material on the Bidens, were arrested on Wednesday night on election financing charges. A current Foreign Service Officer who served with her at another post said she made it clear to her subordinates that they owed their loyalty to the United States, not to whomever was president at the time.

The spectacle recalled a hallmark of another politician: Vladimir Putin's marathon press conferences and Q&A sessions, controlled but flashy affairs primarily created to show the Russian president's transparency without putting him in danger of embarrassing himself. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the confidential arrangement.

Reversing course: The U.S. ambassador to the European Union who cancelled his testimony before the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump says he will defy the State Department and testify next week on the Hill. Trump lambastes the investigation daily and now contends it is illegitimate because the full House has not voted on it.

A career diplomat who also has served as U.S. ambassador to two other countries, Ms Yovanovitch's stint as envoy in Kiev was cut short when she was recalled to Washington as Trump allies levelled unsubstantiated charges of disloyalty and other allegations against her.

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