Fiona Hill, a former national security official, and diplomat David Holmes testified on Thursday that Trump administration operating in Ukraine knew that President Donald Trump viewed Burisma as “code” for former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, who sat on the company’s board.
At a House impeachment hearing, Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman asked the two witnesses about a connection between calls from the White House for Ukraine to investigate Burisma and the Bidens.
“Was it apparent to you that when President Trump or anyone else was pushing for an investigation into Burisma, that the reason they wanted that investigation related to what President Trump said here, the Bidens?” Goldman asked.
“It was very apparent to me that that was what Giuliani intended, yes,” Hill replied. “Intended to convey that Burisma was linked to the Bidens. And he said this publicly.”
Holmes agreed that “Burisma was code for the Bidens.”
Watch the clip below.
Amb. Kurt Volker and Amb. Gordon Sondland said they initially didn’t draw a connection between Burisma and the Bidens, but when Fiona Hill and David Holmes were asked if they understood if “Burisma was code for Bidens,” both said, “yes.” https://t.co/Q5w6PVVxew pic.twitter.com/XritixCZz7
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Chris Wallace shreds Ken Starr: Trump’s scandal ‘a much bigger issue than whether Bill Clinton lied about sex’
Fox News host Chris Wallace argued that the deeds President Donald Trump is accused of are more serious to the country than President Bill Clinton's actions, who was impeached for lying about sex.
During a break in impeachment hearings on Monday, Wallace called out Ken Starr's "characterization of this process and what we heard today... he said that the presentation against the president is narrow, prosecutors look through the world through dirty windows, it's slanted."
"And you know, it just seems to me -- and Ken, I see you there on the screen so I'll be talking directly to you -- when you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether the president had lied under oath about sex," Wallace continued. "I'm not talking about whether this story is true or not."
Putin, Zelensky meet in Paris push to end Ukraine war
Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday met Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time ever at a Paris summit aimed at agreeing measures to help end five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine.
No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting -- mediated by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- but diplomats hope the summit will help to bolster trust between the two men.
The four-way talks at the Elysee Palace are expected to be followed by a hotly-awaited bilateral between wily ex-KGB agent Putin -- in power for two decades -- and ex-comedian Zelensky who won the presidency this year.
Trump has turned Jews into his ‘whipping boys’ — and proven the GOP is now a ‘cesspool’: conservative columnist
In an op-ed for The Washington Post this Monday, Jennifer Rubin highlighted President Trump's recent speech before the far-right Israeli American Council, where he unwittingly belted out various antisemitic tropes before the largely Jewish audience.
“You have people — Jewish people — and they are great people and they don’t love Israel enough," Trump said -- a comment that Rubin says uses American Jews "as whipping boys for insufficient loyalty to him and his policies."