Nov 19, 2019

Read Tim Morrison's opening statement in the impeachment hearing

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Former National Security Council official Tim Morrison testified alongside former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker on Tuesday in the second public impeachment hearing of the day.

The big picture: In a short opening statement, Morrison said that he does not know who the whistleblower is and that he has great respect for other colleagues in the NSC. He begged lawmakers not to lose sight of the importance of the military conflict going on in eastern Ukraine today.

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Highlights from Kurt Volker's and Tim Morrison’s testimonies

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Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former National Security Council Russia adviser Tim Morrison — two witnesses called by Republicans — testified Tuesday afternoon in the second public impeachment hearing of the day.

The big picture: Volker was part of a cadre of officials who worked with Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine to announce investigations into Trump's political rivals, though he testified Tuesday that he was not aware that the investigation would involve Joe Biden. Morrison testified that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland informed him that nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine would be released if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the investigations.

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Tim Morrison explains why conditions for Ukraine aid gave him "sinking feeling"

Former National Security Council official Tim Morrison testified Tuesday that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland informed him on Sept. 7 that a hold on Ukraine military aid would be released if Ukraine announced investigations into Joe Biden and the 2016 election.

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Read Adam Schiff's opening statement in the Volker-Morrison hearing

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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) gave an opening statement Tuesday in the second impeachment hearing of the day, featuring former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former National Security Council official Tim Morrison.

The big picture: Schiff pointed out that both witnesses were requested by Republicans on the committee, but he also outlined a number of episodes detailed in both Volker and Morrison's closed-door depositions that could be perceived as damaging to President Trump.

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