Democrats will launch a new phase of their impeachment inquiry next week with public hearings featuring three State Department officials who have testified about their concerns over Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Three state department officials will testify first in the televised hearings which have previously been held behind closed doors.
Hale, the under secretary of state for political affairs, is expected to argue that mounting a robust defence of Marie Yovanovitch in May, when she was removed at Donald Trump's insistence, would have hurt the state department's efforts to lift a White House freeze on military aid to Ukraine, according to the Associated Press.
Taylor told lawmakers the demand was being "driven" by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who has pushed an unfounded theory that Ukraine interfered in the last US presidential vote.
The impeachment inquiry is focused on a July 25 phone call in which Mr Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden, leading contender for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 election, and Mr Biden's son Hunter.
The impeachment inquiry is focused on a 25 July phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation into former US Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
"And as I said, this was the first time I'd heard those two put together, those connected", Taylor told the panel during his October 22 deposition, according to the transcript released Wednesday. He told reporters the Trump-Ukraine policy was "incoherent", adding the administration seems "incapable of forming a quid pro quo".
Schiff's committee said later in the day that it had dropped an effort to force the cooperation of Charles Kupperman, a former White House deputy national security adviser who has refused to testify, saying it would take too long to resolve the issue in court.
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In what's likely a preview of next week's public hearings, Republicans pressed Taylor on whether he had direct knowledge of the President's intentions.
House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff has announced the first set of public hearings in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against the president.
In the final stretch of questioning, Rep.
"I now recall speaking individually with (Ukrainian go-between) Mr Yermak, where I said resumption of United States aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks", Mr Sondland said.
Bolton, who resigned from the administration later, has been asked to appear before the House investigators for a closed-door interview this week. His testimony has come under scrutiny by the president, who has said none of the witnesses can show the Ukrainians were aware military aid was being withheld.
Giuliani, is central to the inquiry and he has been mentioned frequently in testimony by State Department diplomats who have painted a picture of the former New York City mayor running a shadow USA policy toward Ukraine to pressure it to carry out a corruption investigation into Biden and his son, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company. A full transcript of the evidence she gave to the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry against Trump, has also been released.
Trump has dismissed Taylor as a "never Trumper". While Taylor would not explicitly say the arrangement was a quid pro quo - "I don't speak Latin", he responded at one point to Schiff - Taylor said that the aid was conditioned on the investigations.
Clinton, he clarified, was "shorthand" for the 2016 election.