Ivanka Trump dismisses impeachment probe as attempt to overturn 2016 election

Acting Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor leaves a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill after testifying as part of the House impeachment inquiry last month

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump dismissed transcripts of closed-door testimony from other US officials released so far this week as Democrats in the House of Representatives investigate allegations that the Republican president pressured Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rivals.

Speaking to reporters in New Hampshire on Thursday, Pence stood by Trump and said if Americans read the administration's rough transcript of the call they will find "there was no quid pro quo, the president did nothing wrong".

Vindman listened in to the July 25 call where Trump personally appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for the investigations of political rival Joe Biden and his family and also Ukraine's role in the 2016 US presidential election. Democrats want the broadest possible public support should they choose to formally impeach Trump, which could happen by December.

Hill testified that Bolton shared her concern about what she saw as a push to get Ukraine to conduct the investigations.

While claiming that he's not concerned about the ongoing impeachment inquiry testimonies so far, President Trump on Friday reiterated his argument that the now-infamous July call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "perfect" while also railing against the media for now focusing on a second call with the foreign leader.

Numerous Iowa politicians spoke for the report and confirmed having received these offers, with one former state senator running for his old seat, Tom Courtney, saying he was told, "you help them, and they'll help you" and that this "left a bad taste in my mouth".

Hill testified that Bolton told her to "go and tell John Eisenberg-you go and tell Eisenberg that I am not part of this drug deal that Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up". I mean, there was no ambiguity. Actually, he was angry, but he was also sarcastic. The White House has called the inquiry partisan and illegitimate as a basis for not cooperating.

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Sources familiar with the investigation said Kent's transcript would be made public on Thursday. "And my director for Ukraine was looking completely alarmed".

She added that Bolton said that he was "closely monitoring what Mr. Giuliani was doing and the messaging that he was sending out".

Democrats subpoenaed Mr Mulvaney late on Thursday as the White House signalled that he would not appear.

"This was about getting a White House meeting", he said. Key impeachment witnesses, including diplomats who listened to the president's phone call, have described a "quid pro quo" in which the White House was demanding public commitments to investigate Joe Biden before the release of the military aid.

House Democrats are investigating Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate political rivals as aid money was being withheld from the Eastern European country.

Earlier Friday, Trump predicted that the storm surrounding impeachment would only make him stronger by energizing his base. "The call was flawless", Trump said.

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