The sharply dueling narratives showed that the impeachment battle will be one of bitter political messaging as much as impartial sifting of evidence.
Americans split on whether Trump deserves to be impeached over his actions in the handling of matters concerning Ukraine, with 42% saying he does deserve to be impeached over his actions and 36% saying he does not.
"The president has abused his power", Mr. Jeffries said.
Ukraine must investigate the activities of USA presidential candidate Joe Biden's son to construct whether his role in a Ukrainian fuel company complied with the nation's laws, Mykola Azarov, Ukraine's broken-down high minister, said in an interview.
"Well it reads like a classic organized crime shakedown", Schiff said at Thursday's hearing.
On Face the Nation this morning, he told Margaret Brennan, "We should be protecting the whistleblower". "With President Trump's threats, you can imagine the security concerns here".
Lawmakers were working out logistics to protect the person's identity and get security clearance for lawyers who represent the whistleblower. He added that no date or time had been set for the testimony.
Schiff says he hasn't decided whether he wants to hear from Giuliani.
"I have never engaged in any theory that the Ukrainians did the hacking", Giuliani said.
Schiff told ABC his committee would decide whether to have Giuliani testify after the investigation fleshes out details of his involvement.
He derided Schiff, who has served almost two decades in the House, as an "illegitimate chairman" who "wants to hang the president".
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Its findings were confirmed by FBI investigators, but conspiracy theorists dispute that and claim the hack is evidence that Mr Trump is being persecuted by "the deep state".
"It will take as long as the Intelligence Committee needs to follow all the facts", she said.
Pelosi for months took a cautious approach in weighing the calls of other Democratic House members to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, which grew louder after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on July 24 about his probe of Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But Trump's staunchest congressional supporters - including Sen.
When it comes to Trump's actions concerning Ukraine, 41% - including most Democrats - say he acted illegally while 28% - including most Republicans - say he acted properly, the poll notes.
Azarov said he idea it used to be "absolute nonsense", nonetheless that he believed allegations from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and others that Joe Biden had purchased Ukraine's prosecutor overall fired to offer protection to his son Hunter must moreover be investigated.
And Mr. Miller said the president was the one exposing the corruption between Ukraine and the Obama administration. "He has already prejudged the case. I said I will consider it", Giuliani replied. Graham also said the whistleblower complaint "smells to high heaven".
Zlochevsky, Burisma's founder, fled Ukraine after former president Yanukovych was ousted.
The whistleblower is at the center of a fast-moving scandal in Washington surrounding a complaint made about Trump's communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"The whistleblower complaint is absolutely credible, but frankly you don't need, it because you have a transcript of a conversation in which the president of the United States tried to convince a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 election", he said.
Andrew Howard, a managing editor of The State Press student paper at Arizona State University, broke the news late Friday that Kurt Volker quit his position at the State Department after Congress ordered him to answer questions in an impeachment investigation of Trump. "This is not allowable in a democracy".