nearvideo former top Russia adviser in the NSC testifies behind closed doors amid impeachment probe
Timothy Morrison said he was immediately concerned that the Trump would be to call Ukraine leaked, in a “highly polarized” environment; Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill.
A former top White House adviser on the National security Council, testified Thursday to the house impeachment inquiry, that he did not think, “nothing has been discussed illegal” during the term of office of President Trump is July 25 call with Ukraine’s President, as he acknowledges himself, to investigate details about Trump’s efforts to push Ukraine, his political opponents.
Tim Morrison-who treated Russian and European Affairs for the NSC and entered on the Wednesday prior to his testimony — was the interception of a call between Trump and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Zelensky from the White House Situation Room, he admitted on Thursday.
But Morrison, in an opening statement contribution from Fox News, said: “I would like to make it clear, I was worried that something illegal was being discussed.”
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At the same time, Morrison also largely a lot of what the acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, said in previous statements confirmed. It Morrison, the first Taylor alerted their last testimony contradicted Trump was to deny repeatedly that there is a quid pro quo concerns Trump the phone with Zelensky.
“I can confirm that the substance of his statement, since he is on the conversations that he and I had, really,” he said.
The testimony of Morrison, a former top Republican staff, had been presented as possibly harmful for Trump. But Republican lawmakers Morrison opening speech, presented as favorable for the President.
The former top security adviser to President Donald Trump, Tim Morrison, arrives for a closed door meeting to testify, as a part of the house impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
“Mr. Morrison’s testimony is very damaging to the Democrats’ narrative,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N. C. “you have suddenly become quiet today, because this particular witness is very credible and the evidence suggests that some of the other witnesses were less than candid.”
Meadows also told reporters that “this is a great day for the President, and if no witnesses would suggest, that the impeachment resolution that passed was, earlier today should come to a screeching halt, it is this.”
Democrats have a great interest in Morrison’s testimony, after he was cited by Taylor as revealing that the US Ambassador said in the European Union, Gordon Sondland, a Ukrainian official, that the delivery of military aid to the country was dependent on Kiev’s help with an investigation of Burisma Holdings. That is, the energy companies, where Joe Biden, whose son Hunter was a member of the Board.
In this case, and allegations of a quid pro quo tied to the military aid, are the heart of the impeachment probe.
But Morrison quibbled with two details from Taylor’s testimony about their conversation, even small memories of people and places from their conversations.
Morrison said that he call the NSC alarmed ‘ s legal Advisor and Deputy review of the Trump-Zelensky, because they fear that the transcript would be leaked, and then the influence on cross-party support for Ukraine in the Congress, on the basis of Washington’s polarized environment, as well as how it could impact on Ukrainian perception of the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.
He said he was not driven to the criticism out of concern, something is “illegal,” was discussed.
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At the same time, Morrison also appeared in the White house the benefit of the doubt. Referencing his conversation with Sondland, Morrison said, “I had hoped that Ambassador Sondland was strategy their own and would not be considered by managers in the administration and the Congress, who understands the strategic importance of Ukraine for our national security.”
The Associated Press reported that the Republicans, said Morrison, in his opening statement, contradicted another state witness, Army Lt. Col. Alexander he received his, who dealt with Ukraine’s problems at the National Security Council. He received his testified on Tuesday that he twice alarm about the Trump administration’s actions.
Sources told Fox News on Thursday that he received his is willing to testify in a public hearing on the Ukraine thing.
Trump not continue to insist that the aid that was released to Ukraine in the past month, was tied to any investigation.
The indictment request, which was by the house intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees began exploring Trump’s handling of the Ukraine, according to an anonymous whistleblower complaint, the concern was expressed that Trump was pressure on Ukraine in the investigation of his political opponents.
The presidents of the two Nations have now declared that there is no such pressure.
The Republicans criticized the impeachment inquiry process, in particular the lack of a full house vote formalization of the probe. The democratic leadership had initially insisted that such a vote has taken place, before the past impeachment inquiries – was unnecessary, but later backed down and a ballot on Thursday, the approval of the rules for the impeachment inquiry process.
Fox News’ John Roberts, Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.