Still, he added, campaigning and governing are different things, and if a Democrat defeats Trump in what's sure to be a "scorched-earth" election, "expectations for a Democratic whirlwind in the first 100 days should probably be lowered a bit". "You just don't want to report it", Trump told reporters at the White House.
First to give evidence will be William Taylor, the senior diplomat in Ukraine, who has relayed in private his understanding that there was a blatant quid pro quo with Mr Trump holding up military aid to a U.S. ally facing threats from its giant neighbour Russian Federation.
The contest is being watched for early signs of how the increasingly partisan impeachment furor in Washington might impact Trump and other Republican incumbents in 2020.
"That's strictly up to the whistleblower", Grassley told reporters.
"Yes", she replies in the transcript.
The president has aimed sustained attacks on the whistleblower and several conservative media outlets have speculated on the person's identity, leading Paul to call for more mainstream outlets to join the effort. Later, she was "surprised and dismayed" by what she saw in the transcript of the call - including that Trump had called her "bad news".
"Identifying any suspected name for the whistleblower will place that individual and their family at risk of serious harm", Zaid said. "I needed leave as soon as possible" and that Trump had wanted her to leave in the summer of 2018 "and that the Secretary had tried to protect me but was no longer able to do that", according to the transcript. Two were released Monday, and more are coming.
The latest RealClearPolitics poll shows 51% percent of Americans support the impeachment inquiry now underway, while 42% oppose it.
Robert Blair, an assistant to the president and senior advisor to the performing chief of workers, additionally refused to testify.
In public, some Republicans say the president's actions toward Ukraine, though not ideal, are certainly not impeachable.
"It's a clear abuse of presidential power".
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The law appears not to bind others, such as the United States president or his allies, from outing the whistleblower if the identity is discovered. "That's a call exclusively for the president of the United States as the commander in chief", Jordan said. The president then "went on to push Zelensky to open an inquiry into the debunked conspiracy theory on the origins of the FBI's Russian Federation probe before urging his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the Bidens", Haltiwanger wrote, referring to former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The probe is examining how Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden, including by withholding $391 million in military aid that had been approved by Congress to help the USA ally defend itself against Russian aggression.
DEFLECTION Aides and strategists say the aim of the push to unmask the whistleblower is to deflect voter attention away from impeachment testimony and cast doubt on the Democratic-led proceedings.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alexander Vindman both said they were extremely troubled by the president's communications with Ukraine.
"Time is not constraining us", Hoyer said.
Yovanovitch said she felt she could not follow that advice as a nonpartisan government official.
She was thrust into the spotlight after her husband, Joe Wilson, a former diplomat, had written an op-ed that publicly contradicted part of President George W. Bush's justification for going to war in Iraq. However Trump stated Monday there was "no reason" for witnesses to reply questions by investigators.
"Wow, that was excellent", Trump said after his supporters quieted.
Yovanovitch, still employed by the State Department, is in a fellowship at Georgetown University. Trump Jr. then tweeted out Breitbart's story. But no statement was issued. He played up his support for public education, telling the crowd: "Are you ready to fight for teachers?"
"Mr. Reeker said that I, you know, I would need to leave". Scott said someone once approached him at a gas station and said, not in jest, that if Trump won, "we'd all be going back to Africa".