"I then heard President Trump ask, "So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it", adding that Zelenskiy will do "anything you ask him to", Holmes testified in his opening statement to House investigators, which was leaked to USA media.
Morrison expressed frustration that Lt. Col Alex Vindman, one of his subordinates, had gone to the NSC's top lawyer with concerns about the call in which Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Marie Yovanovitch, a Montreal-born career diplomat, explained on the second day of televised impeachment hearings how she had fought corruption in Ukraine and how the Trump administration abruptly removed her from her post earlier this year.
Morrison had what he called a "sinking feeling" that the aid may not ultimately be released.
"How is it that foreign corrupt interests can manipulate our government?"
"I also did not think it was a good idea for the Ukrainian President to - at this point I had a better understanding - involve himself in our politics", he said.
"Democrats have the majority and are licking their chops to take out this president who beat them in 2016", Scaringi added in his column in The Western Journal. "If anything, they're going to try to diminish the notion that there was a smear campaign against her", Quigley said on "Face the Nation", referring to Friday's testimony.
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But the public impeachment hearings last week serve as a reminder that an actual war is taking place in Ukraine as it fights to protect its independence.
Republicans have said the fact military aid to Ukraine was released without an investigation is proof Trump did nothing wrong, but Pelosi said the money was released after the whistle-blower complaint and "the whistle was blown".
Pressed by Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the Intelligence Committee leading the probe, as to whether Sondland had actually spoken to the president, Morrison said he had verified it each time. "The case was made to the president that it was the appropriate and prudent thing to do". Hunter Biden was on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm, Burisma Holdings, which in 2015 was subject to an investigation by Ukrainian officials. Democrats launched into impeachment knowing full well Senate Republicans will never boot Trump from office.
He said Mr Sondland called Mr Trump from a restaurant in Ukraine's capital Kyiv on 26 July 2019.
The testimony by Holmes, an aide to top USA diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor, ties Trump more directly to a pressure campaign in Ukraine to investigate the Bidens led by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. But Morrison said the rough transcript of Trump's call was put on a highly classified system by mistake.
Both in open hearings and closed-door testimony, Democrats have sought to highlight concerns that Trump's foreign policy frequently benefits Russian Federation.
Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, did not clear Trump of wrongdoing when he ended the probe nor did he allege the president committed misconduct.
Sondland, who has already revised his testimony once, is scheduled to testify publicly on Wednesday. But she said she didn't know how long the hearings would continue.
Morrison did say, however, that the mention of the investigations during the July 25 call between the president and his Ukrainian counterpart "seemed unusual" compared to other presidential conversations.