Speaker Nancy Pelosi will test the support for an investigation into deposition against Donald Trump when Parliament holds its first vote on Thursday on how the investigation will proceed and what rights the president will have during it.
Trump spent Thursday morning tweeting and retweeting words from his supporters and calling on Republicans to assist him in the upcoming vote.
& # 39; Now it's time for Republicans to stand together and defend the leader of their party against these smears, & # 39; he tweets, citing conservative presenter Laura Ingraham.
President Trump spent the morning before the House voted on a resolution about depositing him in tweeting and retweeting words from his supporters
The resolution is expected to be adopted in the Democratically Controlled House, but there are a handful of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that are being closely watched to see if they have a & # 39; yes & # 39; or a & # 39; no & # 39; to be.
These legislators represent rock districts where the wrong vote on the investigation of allegations can affect their re-election bids next year.
Some have already indicated which way they can go.
Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson represents a conservative, rural district in Minnesota and has not publicly supported the Trump investigation.
& # 39; If anyone thinks a biased accusation process would limit President Trump, they are kidding themselves. Without significant double support, deposition procedures will be a lengthy and divisive process without solution, & he said in a statement last month.
But Republicans will also have to watch out for defectors.
Fifteen Republicans in the House have announced that they will not seek re-election next year and one of them, the Florida representative, Francis Rooney, has said he is open to deposition.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told the Associated Press, however, that he is not aware of a Republican who even tends to vote for it & # 39 ;.
And the most important voice counter of the Democrat, Rep. James Clyburn said he believes that & # 39; less than half a dozen & # 39; his party would oppose the package.
For both parties, the vote will be a political weapon in 2020 with Republicans targeting Democrats representing House districts Trump won in 2016 and Democrats using it as a collective cry for their base.
Tim Morrison, who was Trump & # 39; s top adviser for Russian and European affairs, arrives on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify
The White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said the government is considering hiring additional staff to combat the investigation of allegations
The White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said Thursday morning that the administration is considering taking on additional staff to combat the investigation of allegations.
& # 39; Possible and if we do, it is because our portfolios are already overflowing, & # 39; she told reporters in the White House driveway. & # 39; Maybe so. Stephanie Grisham is the press secretary and director of communication and the first lady. She already has a pretty busy portfolio. & # 39;
She added that any additions would be temporary and focused on the matter of accusation, compared to the way the administration engaged small teams of extra staff for other important issues, such as nominations by the Supreme Court.
& # 39; So if it's something intense, but single focused, although temporary, there is an argument to give the team a few extra hands and thoughts. So I would make it analogous to Kavanaugh Part II for example, & she said. & # 39; You have a short window and someone who is only focused on what, quite frankly, is something that the rest of us cannot do. & # 39;
She quickly added: & # 39; It is not a war room. The president has made it clear that he does not need a war room. & # 39;
The vote comes when Tim Morrison, who was Trump & # 39; s top Russian and European affairs advisor, arrived on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning to testify to the investigation.
Morrison recently left his post in the White House and Democrats will ask for details of a claim that the president has linked nearly $ 400 million of US military aid to Ukraine to officials investigating Joe and Hunter Biden along with investigating an unproven theory that it was the Ukrainians who hacked the e-mail server of the Democratic National Committee and blamed the Russians.
He was often mentioned by name when Bill Taylor, the American top diplomat in Ukraine, testified last week.
Taylor testified that it was Morrison who told him that EU ambassador Gordon Sondland told a top Ukrainian official that US security assistance to Ukraine depended on officials who launched the Biden probe.
The resolution of the House contains a set of rules for the way in which the intelligence committee – which is now conducting the investigation into witness statements – passes to public hearings.
It also indicates how Adam Schiff, president of the intelligence panel, will have most of the power in the process – deciding who will testify in front of the cameras & for how long – before a public report is issued and the case is handed over to the House Judiciary Committee, which puts together any official allegations against the president.
Republicans and the White House object to how that process is organized.
According to the resolution, GOP legislators can only issue subpoenas for witnesses if the entire panel has approved them – in fact, they give Democrats veto over their requests. Democrats claim that this was the same procedure that Republicans used when they had the majority during the Bill Clinton deposition process in the 1990s.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi puts to the vote a resolution outlining how the investigation will proceed and what rights the president will have
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff will play a leading role in the public hearing phase of the investigation
Moreover, there is no role for President Trump's lawyers when the intelligence panel conducts its public hearings – a time when cable news networks will run from wall to wall and are expected to be many viewers.
Trump's lawyers are not allowed in the trial to the judicial committee stage, but the resolution does not set out what rights they will have – such as the ability to interrogate witnesses.
The White House has destroyed the rules if & # 39; an illegal sham & # 39; that & # 39; not an appropriate process & # 39; missing for President Trump.
& # 39; The White House is completely excluded from participation until President Schiff holds two rounds of unilateral hearings to generate a biased report for the Judicial Committee. Even then, White House rights remain undefined, unclear and uncertain – because those rules are still not written & # 39 ;, White House Secretary Stephanie Grisham argued earlier this week in a statement on the resolution.
By the time the president joins in, most of the drama will have taken place on television screens throughout the country.
Senate republican leader Mitch McConnell destroyed the procedure and denied the president his & # 39; basic rights to a fair trial & # 39;
& # 39; It doesn't grant President Trump the most basic rights of a fair trial & # 39 ;, McConnell complained Wednesday in a speech to the senate.
Meanwhile, Bill Taylor, the US top diplomat in Ukraine, whose closed-door testimony in the accusation investigation against Trump shocked Democrats with his details, is willing to testify publicly when the hearings go to that stage.
No request has been made for his public testimony, CNN reports, but he will probably be on the Democrats' list when the time comes.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday destroyed the House Democrats' deposition resolution on the Senate floor
Bill Taylor, the American top diplomat in Ukraine, wants to testify in public
THE MOST HARMFUL QUOTATIONS OF BILL TAYLOR
ABOUT TRUMP AND UKRAINE
The following day, on 8 September, Ambassador Sondland and I spoke on the phone. He said he had talked to President Trump, as I had suggested a week earlier, but President Trump was firmly convinced that President Zelenskyy himself had to clean things up and do it in public & # 39; . President Trump said it was not a & # 39; consideration & # 39; used to be.
Ambassador Sondland said he had spoken with President Zelenskyy and Mr. Yermak and told them that, although this was not a consideration, if President Zelenskyy would not clean things up in public & # 39; 39; stalemate & # 39; would end up.
I understood a & # 39; stalemate & # 39; that Ukraine would not receive much-needed military assistance.
Ambassador Sondland said that this conversation was closed with President Zelenskyy who agreed to make a public statement in an interview with CNN.
ABOUT HOW TRUMP UKRAINE IN & # 39; A BOX & # 39; WANTED TO
… in fact, Ambassador Sondland said, "everything" was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance. He said that President Trump President Zelenskyy & # 39; in a public box & # 39; wanted to make a public statement about recommending such investigations.
ON WHICH SONDLAND HAS THE LEADERS OF UKRAINE FACE
Ambassador Sondland told Mr. Yermak that the money for security assistance would only come after President Zelenskyy had undertaken to continue the Bursisma investigation.
ON WHAT TRUMP WANT
...on September 8th Ambassador Sondland and I spoke on the phone. He said he had spoken with President Trump, as I had suggested a week earlier, but President Trump was firmly convinced that President Zelenskyy himself had to clean things up and do it in public. & # 39; President Trump said it was not a & # 39; consideration & # 39; used to be.
ABOUT THE UNDERSTANDING OF TRUMP OF QUID PRO QUO
… Ambassador Sondland tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman. When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, he said, the businessman asks that person to pay before signing the check.
Taylor testified last week that he was told that US military assistance to Ukraine depended on Kiev and stated that they were investigating the Bidens and the 2016 elections.
Democrats believe he could be a star witness.
He is very strong, detailed notetaker and unassailable, & Rep. 39 told Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, at CNN. & # 39; Fifty years given to his country – it won't be much more & # 39; Top Gun & # 39; then that. & # 39;
The House will vote on Thursday on a resolution that will determine the format for public hearings when that phase of the investigation begins.
The House Intelligence Committee will take the lead in the first round, but there will be no role for the president's lawyers – a fact that has destroyed the White House and Republicans.
According to the resolution, power is concentrated in the hands of the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Adam Schiff, who will eventually produce a public report on the issue and decide what evidence to transfer to the House Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for prepare the formal articles of deposition.
Republican leader of the senate Mitch McConnell destroyed the procedure because he was the president's "fundamental right to procedural rights". denied.
& # 39; It doesn't grant President Trump the most basic rights of a fair trial & # 39 ;, McConnell complained Wednesday in a speech to the senate.
He also criticized the amount of power that Schiff was given when it came to holding the hearings.
& # 39; He is not even required to disclose all evidence that he obtains, & # 39; McConnell remarked. & # 39; He may only decide what evidence is in his report. And the resolution does not even give the president any right in the public hearing that it requires President Schiff to possess it. & # 39;
President Trump's lawyers may only participate in the trial once the judicial panel stage has been reached – at that time Schiff's hearings on national television will have taken place.
The White House filed a similar complaint on Tuesday about the lack of proper trial for the president.
& # 39; The White House is completely excluded from participation until President Schiff holds two rounds of unilateral hearings to generate a biased report for the Judicial Committee. Even then, White House rights remain undefined, unclear and uncertain – because those rules have still not been written & # 39 ;, White House Secretary Stephanie Grisham argued in a statement about the resolution.
Meanwhile, Taylor testified behind closed doors last week that Trump refused to release US security assistance or to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky until Zelensky agreed to investigate the president's political rivals.
Trump wanted a public commitment from Ukraine to investigate Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company with Hunter Biden on the board, told Taylor – a Vietnam veteran and career at the Foreign Ministry – told Congress and said the president wanted that Ukraine would be put in a box. & # 39;
Trump and his allies pushed an unproven theory Joe Biden, as vice president, demanded that Ukraine remove a prosecutor for the benefit of the company.
The president also insisted on an unproven conspiracy theory that an email server from the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Ukrainians during the 2016 elections and they seemed to resemble the Russians – a story that, if true, would indicate that he the 2016 competition had won without Russian interference.
Bolton was in meetings with EU ambassador Gordon Sondland about Ukraine's policies
Taylor said he was told that Trump had made it clear that military aid to protect Ukraine from Russia would only be made available if Zelensky became public to investigate & # 39; investigate & # 39; to order, otherwise there was a & # 39; stalemate & # 39 ;.
And Taylor testified that Sondland said to another diplomat: & # 39; President Trump insisted that President Zelensky go to a microphone and said that he will open investigations on Biden and election interference in 2016, and that President Zelensky would like to do this himself. & # 39;
The bomb's testimony rocked Washington D.C. and left the White House staggering – after Trump had started the day by accusing & lynching & # 39; to name.
While democratic legislators seeped out of the hearing, they called the evidence & # 39; damnation & # 39; while Republicans had little say.
Taylor mentioned Rudy Giuliani's involvement in a & # 39; parallel & # 39; foreign policy & # 39; very irregular & # 39 ;; confirmed that John Bolton linking military aid to Ukraine to a Biden probe was a & # 39; drug deal & # 39; had mentioned; involve Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo and Mick Mulvaney in the schedule; and painted EU ambassador Gordon Sondland as part of Giuliani's plan, as well as an error-prone official safety issue and an unreliable witness – anyone who has admitted a Republican is likely to be recalled to the probe.
He remembered a phone call with Sondland, who had charged the president with Ukrainian affairs, even though that country was not an EU member.
& # 39; During that phone call, Amb. Sondland told me that President Trump had told him that he wants President Zelensky to publicly declare that Ukraine will investigate Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 elections, & Taylor said in his statement.
He added that Sondland told him that & # 39; everything & # 39; – meaning that US military assistance and a White House meeting – depended on Ukraine's public acceptance of the probe.
& # 39; Amb. Sondland also told me that he now realized that he had made a mistake by telling the Ukrainian officials he was talking to earlier that a White House meeting with President Zelensky depended on a public announcement of investigations – in fact Amb. Sondland said: & # 39; everything & # 39; was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance, & Taylor said.
& # 39; He said that President Trump President Zelensky & # 39; in a public box & # 39; wanted to make a public statement about recommending such investigations & quot ;, he said.
Taylor is considered the biggest threat to legislators by Trump.
He left his retirement to fill the top of the US post in Ukraine after Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was fired by Trump. He has no ties with the administration and no diplomatic career to worry about, given his status as a senior statesman. He has worked in administrations for both political parties.