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


This news story was published on November 6, 2019.
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Adam Schiff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, November 6, 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 B. Maloney, the Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the transcript from the joint deposition of Ambassador William Taylor, Chargé d’Affaires Ad Interim For U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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

“The testimony of Ambassador Taylor—a West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, and nonpartisan diplomat—shows how President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine and conditioned its release, as well as a vital White House meeting, on the President of Ukraine publicly announcing investigations into debunked conspiracy theories involving the Bidens and the 2016 election.

“Ambassador Taylor’s testimony lays bare how this shadow foreign policy channel pursued by the President’s agent, Rudy Giuliani, with the assistance of Ambassadors Sondland and Volker, placed immense pressure on the Ukrainian government to accomplish the President’s goal. Ambassador Taylor makes clear why this military aid and continued bipartisan support for Ukraine are so critically important—and why these efforts to undermine U.S. foreign policy for domestic political reasons were so damaging. We look forward to his public testimony.”

The testimony of Ambassador Taylor can be found here.

Key excerpts from Ambassador Taylor’s testimony can be found here.

On Tuesday, November 5, 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 B. Maloney, the Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the transcripts of Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, the former United States Representative for Ukraine Negotiations.

The Committees also released additional text messages previously produced by Ambassador Volker that provide context to the transcripts and new information relevant to the inquiry.

The three Chairs issued the following statement announcing the releases:

“The testimony of Ambassadors Volker and Sondland shows the progression of efforts by the President and his agent, Rudy Giuliani, to use the State Department to press Ukraine to announce investigations beneficial to the President’s personal and political interests.

“As early as May 2019, President Trump directed the Ambassadors to work with Giuliani on Ukraine policy, and over the course of the summer, an effort was made to extract a public statement from the new Ukrainian president that the Ukrainian government was investigating Burisma or the Biden family and a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 U.S. elections.

“It is clear from their testimony that, in exchange for the statement, President Trump would award the Ukrainian president with a highly coveted White House meeting and, later, with millions of dollars in critical military aid being withheld.  Ambassador Sondland called this changing U.S. policy toward Ukraine a ‘continuum’ that became ever more ‘insidious’ over time.

“Finally, with the release of the full production of text messages provided to the Committees by Ambassador Volker, and an additional declaration by Ambassador Sondland, the President’s scheme comes into clearer focus.

“In an effort to prevent further incriminating information from coming to light, the State Department is continuing to obstruct our investigation by refusing to provide subpoenaed records, including additional text messages provided to the Department by Ambassador Sondland.  This blanket stonewalling will only continue to build the case against the President for obstruction of Congress, especially in light of the damning evidentiary record the Committees have already gathered.”

The testimony of Ambassador Sondland can be found here, including an addendum he filed on November 4, 2019.

Key excerpts from Ambassador Sondland’s testimony can be found here.

The testimony of Ambassador Volker can be found here.

Key excerpts from Ambassador Volker’s testimony can be found here.

In addition, the Committees released all additional Volker text messages received by the Committees, which can be found here.

Key excerpts from these additional text messages can be found here.

The Committees first released excerpts of text messages produced by Ambassador Volker on October 2, 2019, which can be found here.

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.

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

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2019 at 8:43 am

    If Hillary had won as planned, the Swamp would get bigger and bigger and Americans would never know how corrupt the Government has gotten. Definitely should do away with career politicians.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Schiff wouldn’t tell the truth if Jesus was the one asking. He already sold his soul to SOROS/HRC/DNC.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Schitt has had the closed door hearings for 2 weeks .he probably was making everyone rehearse scripted lies and has threatened all the people that were called to testify or has bribed all these same people behind closed doors

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Schiff left the leakers name in the transcript he’s already released. So freaking stupid. We know who the liar is. We know he wasn’t there. We know his lawyer was planning a coup, by his own twitter account a few days after the President Trump was sworn in.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    This is not a whistleblower. He has no first hand knowledge, only hearsay. This crooked Congress changed the law after finding out about this person.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Besides he’s not a whistleblower! All he did was release information which was already in the public, plus his release is legally just hearsay as he never even witnessed the phone call. He is just repeating what someone else told him. And we don’t even know who that person is!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Eric is not a whistleblower. He is a kangaroo coup Democrat Operative.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 8, 2019 at 7:24 am

    So, a non-witness to a non-crime says there was a crime and because of that the Dems state the President should be removed from office. They have acted as judge and jury when no charges have been made against him. What a precedent this creates, when a malcontent can take down a Presidency without giving sworn testimony and facing the accused to be cross examined. Kangaroo Court at best, Stalinism at worst.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 8, 2019 at 7:23 am

    This whole attempt to remove a duly elected president through secret meetings, false information, and outright lying is disgraceful. Pelosi and her minions are as rotten as they come and should be tried for treason.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 8, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Nothing secret about them old man.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 7, 2019 at 8:12 am

    *“Then, in July 2017, Zaid remarked, “I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president.” Also that month, Zaid tweeted, “We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 7, 2019 at 8:12 am

    *“Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the whistleblower at the center of the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry, tweeted conspicuously in January 2017 that a “coup has started” and that “impeachment will follow ultimately.”

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    Outraged Democrat Reply Report comment

    November 7, 2019 at 6:31 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 8, 2019 at 5:41 am

      You sound like you might be too smart to be a Democrat anyway!

      Why affiliate with the party of Entitlement Programs, Affirmative Action, Open Borders, Abortion-on-Demand, Slavery Reparations, and Sanctuary Cities?

      The lunatics are running the asylums!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 6, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    He she it schitf is a very woke liar