New claims amid public hearing in Trump impeachment inquiry

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A top US diplomat told impeachment hearings that President Trump directly asked about a Ukrainian investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

In previously unheard testimony, Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, said a member of his staff was told Mr Trump was preoccupied with pushing for a probe into Mr Biden.

He was speaking at the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry.

Mr Trump told reporters he did not recall making such comments.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald J. Trump
 Charge d’Affaires at the US embassy in Ukraine Bill Taylor (R) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia George Kent (L) are sworn-in to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald J. Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 13 November 2019. This is the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry. The inquiry being led by three congressional committees was launched following a whistleblower’s complaint that alleges US President Donald J. Trump requested help from the President of Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Mr Trump is accused of withholding US military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the country’s new president to publicly announce a corruption inquiry into Mr Biden, among the favourites to take him on in the 2020 presidential race.

Mr Trump denies any wrongdoing and has called the inquiry a “witchhunt”.

Via BBC

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