Trump says he's not anxious as public impeachment hearings loom

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Here is what to expect from the hearings.

That call, in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family as well as Ukraine's role in the 2016 USA presidential election, is at the centre of the impeachment probe.

Bolton, who was sacked by Trump in September, was also called to appear on Thursday but did not show, and his attorney said he would not testify voluntarily.

President Trump has noted that impeachment efforts began against him nearly as soon as he took office, highlighting a Washington Post article from the day he was inaugurated detailing the push.

Televised hearings will "be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves", House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said. "President Trump didn't do anything wrong and what the Democrats are doing is partisan, unfair, and frankly, ridiculous".

Mr Mulvaney said in a news conference last month that the Trump administration's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to Mr Trump's demand for investigations in rival Joe Biden and his son.

"What they're trying to do is weaken me, but it's actually made me stronger", Trump said. Both testified in closed-door depositions to the circumstances surrounding Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

He's also criticizing Democrats in the House for planning public hearings, even though the White House pushed for them to happen.

She said that Bolton was instead referring to a comment by Sondland that there was an agreement to have Zelensky come to the White House if the investigations were started up.

Trump has complained bitterly on Twitter that the process does not allow him to be represented in the intelligence committee.

Three US diplomats who have already testified in private about their alarm about Trump's dealings with Ukraine will serve as star witnesses next week.

Democrats subpoenaed Mulvaney late Thursday as the White House signalled that he wouldn't appear.

"It's insane to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign", Taylor wrote earlier this year in a text message released by House investigators.

Another senior US diplomat, George Kent, will appear with Taylor at Wednesday's hearing.

A slew of current and former officials from the State Department and White House have appeared over recent weeks and largely corroborated the same narrative - that Mr Trump delegated his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to guide US-Ukraine policy and that the two men were focused on pressuring Ukraine as the administration withheld military aid. She says Giuliani's associates "may well have believed that their personal financial ambitions were stymied by our anti-corruption policy in Ukraine". Bolton, in turn, told her to report it to NSC Counsel John Eisenberg.

The inquiry was triggered by a complaint filed by a person who remains anonymous, though an alleged name has been reported in several media outlets. Democrats can veto the Republicans' witnesses.

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