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House Intelligence Committee releases transcripts of two witnesses as part of public phase of Trump impeachment inquiry


This news story was published on November 4, 2019.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the transcripts of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch and former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador P. Michael McKinley.

Both of these individuals testified before the Committees as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry of President Donald J. Trump. The resolution passed by the House last week authorized the Committees to make the inquiry transcripts of their recent depositions and interviews available to Members and public at the discretion at the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee in advance of open hearings.

The three Chairs issued the following statement announcing today’s releases:

“As we move towards this new public phase of the impeachment inquiry, the American public will begin to see for themselves the evidence that the committees have collected. With each new interview, we learn more about the President’s attempt to manipulate the levers of power to his personal political benefit.

“The transcripts of interviews with Ambassadors Yovanovitch and McKinley demonstrate clearly how President Trump approved the removal of a highly respected and effective diplomat based on public falsehoods and smears against Ambassador Yovanovitch’s character and her work in support of long-held U.S. foreign policy anticorruption goals.

“Ambassadors Yovanovitch and McKinley’s testimony also demonstrates the contamination of U.S. foreign policy by an irregular back channel that sought to advance the President’s personal and political interests, and the serious concerns that this activity elicited across our government.

“Unfortunately, despite those concerns, the transcripts also show clearly that efforts to secure public support for Ambassador Yovanovitch from the senior-most levels of the State Department were never realized, thanks to worry among those leaders that such support would be directly undermined by presidential attacks.”

The testimony of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch from October 11, 2019 can be found here. Key excerpts from Yovanovitch’s testimony can be found here.

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The testimony of former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador P. Michael McKinley from October 16, 2019 can be found here. Key excerpts from McKinley’s testimony can be found here.

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Background:

H. Res. 660, which was passed by the House of Representatives on October 31, 2019, authorizes the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “to make publicly available in electronic form the transcripts of depositions” with “appropriate redactions for classified and other sensitive information.”

Pursuant to this resolution, and consistent with the Committee’s rules and longstanding bipartisan practice, the Committee has begun preparing transcripts from the impeachment inquiry for public release, which includes a thorough, nonpartisan security review to protect classified and other sensitive information.

As part of this process, the Committee is redacting (1) personally identifiable information; (2) the names of non-senior Executive Branch personnel and Intelligence Community employees; (3) the names of committee staff who did not ask questions or make on-the-record statements; and (4) classified or potentially classified information or other sensitive information not pertinent to the subject of the impeachment inquiry.

In addition, consistent with the Committee’s rules, each transcript has been made available to the witness for inspection, including to identify technical, grammatical, and typographical corrections.  The Committee has also taken into consideration requested redactions from witnesses, if they fall within the parameters above.

Although the transcripts list Members of the three Committees who were present at the outset of a deposition, they do not necessarily reflect the attendance of all Members who may have joined or departed a deposition at different points.

The Committee will release individual transcripts on a rolling basis as this process is completed. The Committees plan to release the testimony of Ambassadors Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland next, provided that counsel for the witnesses clear those transcripts in a timely manner.

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38 Responses to House Intelligence Committee releases transcripts of two witnesses as part of public phase of Trump impeachment inquiry

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    Outraged Democrat Reply Report comment

    November 7, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Total waste of money!

    FROM WHISTLEBLOWER’S ATTORNEY: 30 Jan 2017

    #coup has started. As one falls, two more will take their place. #rebellion #impeaachment

    This whole impeachment BS is making loyal Democrats look stupid and bad. We are going to lose at the ballot box over this crazy behavior!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 6, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Max got the Ax once again. Yeah!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 6, 2019 at 8:52 am

      At least Max has guts enough to try and change things for the city. While people like you just shoot off your mouth and do nothing. The FAKE media did everything they could to manipulate the election by keeping it quiet so people wouldn’t vote. I talked to many people who had no idea who was running or for what….

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    Fake Unkimt not breaking news Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    cnn should not find a single dumocrat in Racine Wisconsin that was for President Trump’s impeachment or anybody that watched fake news. Which shocked them fat heads how fly over country hicks could be so smart.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 6, 2019 at 5:26 am

      Dumbass.

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        Trump Derangement syndrome Reply Report comment

        November 6, 2019 at 5:48 am

        Hey lady get out of the ditch and get a job . My job gave all the employees free health insurance because of President Trump’s tax cuts .
        Finally a non politician that helps the American working folks.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 6, 2019 at 8:53 am

        IDIOT.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 6, 2019 at 5:27 pm

        What a great post. I’m sure that strained you intellectually. Who was your teacher? Did your parents meet at a family reunion?

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 6, 2019 at 5:45 pm

          You think your post is any better?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2019 at 8:13 am

    The impeachment case is falling apart–how desperate will the Democrats get?
    Fall apart it was never together in the first place same as the mueller investigation/hoax. There needs to be some serious repercussions against the treasonous democrats and their deep state coup attempt

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 5, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      What planet are you living on? Trump just suffered a massive setback when Sondland corrected his testimony. Now it isn’t 95% saying there was a quid pro quo, it is 100%. Also lost his backed governor candidate in Kentucky of all places.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 6, 2019 at 5:36 pm

        Hey genius, what crime(s) did the president commit? You’re a LYING LIBUFFOON who thinks you’re smarter than everyone else. This is your chance to prove how smart you are. Please furnish the Code section(s).

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 6, 2019 at 5:40 pm

        *Hey genius, what crime(s) did the president commit? You’re a LYING LIBUFFOON who thinks you’re smarter than everyone else. This is your chance to prove how smart you are. Please furnish the Code section(s).

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm

          Did I say anything about crimes? But, we all know he is a criminal so take your pick from any book you want.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 6, 2019 at 5:26 am

      Dumbass II

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Another Planted Democrat making up storylines and gets caught, just how far will the democrats go to get rid of our elected President. But for some reason the Democratic base can not see the corruption being played out by these false stories!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Nobody believes anything Schiff says. Now we are expected to believe the “transcript” from illegally held secret testimony. Who is he kidding

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 5, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Have any of the Republicans who heard the testimony (because they were there) repudiated the testimony transcript? Of course not but that doesn’t matter to you because you would let Trump get away with murder .

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 6, 2019 at 5:29 am

      Dumbass IV

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I keep thinking that old Schifty might be the whistleblower. He is fairly good at inventing a lot of drama.Think about the letter he wrote insinuating that President Trump wrote it about Trump and a foreign leader having a phone call about a month ago.He has to be mentally ill. He must be held accountable! He is. Just another lying, liberal, criminal.LOCK HIM UP!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I TOO have Concerns about the Ukrainian Phone Call &Transcript…apparently THAT’S All it takes…So I’m Waiting for Schiff to have ME Testify.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2019 at 7:40 am

    IMPEACHMENT….Call it what it IS…A Totally PARTISAN Effort USING the Most WEAKEST Bias Evidence & Excuse to Interfere in the 2020 Election Process. Then AGAIN Democrats in Congress don’t hold a Candle to the ENTIRE Obama Admin & Him during & After the 2016 Election.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    GOP politicians are now fully corrupt for supporting the ongoing criminal activities of orange blob and goons!!!

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    Hillary will win in 20 Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Trump is done it’s over he might as well pack up and Florida

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    We all know that Pelosi and Schiff and Schumer and Nadler are criminally complicit in a fraudulent act, but the fact that ALL but a few Democrats voted FOR an impeachment investigation with NO CRIME NAMED OR CHARGED make all of them guilty of trying to damage the republic and attack the sitting president…sedition in my mind, but at the very least none of them should get ONE vote…and the congress should be all red in 2020…they do not deserve to be reelected.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Impeachment is the political death penalty for an elected official. We must have full right of confrontation regarding the whistleblower — not written questions and answers. What a due process crumb being thrown to House Republicans to have the whistleblower testify in writing!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    There is no whistleblower, he is a “LEAKER”.Schiff and his office made up the story to start the impeachment!! The President has the right to face his accuser!!! The President still has all rights given by the Constitution!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    No one with brains cares what the democrats say. They have tried to disparage Republicans for so many years that their idiocy is now falling on deaf ears. They can keep crying. And we will vote our President back in. After eight years of hero worship of Obama they want to call Republicans sycophants? Hahaha

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Amazing the propaganda- no one has defined the crime(s) committed by the President. Hes allowed and should look into any wrong doing that hurts our country, look at all the good he’s done. You don’t have to like him but stop lying about him and start looking for the good things hes done if they haven’t already been censored out by the Fake news MSM

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    *I think that Adam full of Schiff should be be investigated, I would like to know who is paying him or what has been promised to him to become close to one of the most hated men by at least 50% of this Country. He has been caught in lie after lie. Let these lying POS’s that call the people that voted for President Trump name after name…WE DON”T CARE WHAT THEY THINK OF US!!!!, it can’t be any worse than what we think of them. They all need to remember that what goes around comes around!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 4, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    This joke is gonna back fire…….