Nov 19, 2019

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.

The big picture: Morrison, one of the impeachment witnesses called by Republicans, testified that he was told by then-national security adviser John Bolton to contact White House lawyers about Sondland's comments. Morrison said that Sondland represented himself as carrying out Trump's directive and that he understood the two investigations to be the same as those raised by Trump in his July 25 phone call with President Zelensky.

What to watch: Sondland himself has amended his closed-door deposition to say that he believed Ukraine military aid was conditioned on these investigations. He is expected to testify in a public hearing on Wednesday, where he will likely face questions about how he came to that understanding.

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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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Highlights from Gordon Sondland's impeachment testimony

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European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified Wednesday in one of the week's most-anticipated impeachment hearings.

Driving the news: In his opening statement, Sondland said that he worked with Rudy Giuliani "at the express direction" of President Trump on matters involving Ukraine.

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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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