Trump ex-Russia adviser testifies in impeachment inquiry

More depositions in the Democratic-led House of Representatives and more angry tweets from the Republican president on Monday, as the impeachment probe into Donald Trump cranked back up this week.

Fiona Hill, the former senior director for European and Russian Affairs on Trump’s National Security Council, arrived on Capitol Hill on Monday as the latest witness summoned by the House Intelligence Committee for closed-door testimony.

Hill, who stepped down from the National Security Council this past summer, is likely to be asked about the Trump administration’s removal of Marie Yovanovitch as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

On Friday, Yovanovitch testified that she had been removed based on “unfounded and false claims” after coming under attack by Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who had been working to get Ukraine to investigate Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden.

Also on Monday, the House is scheduled to hear from Sam Kislin, an Ukrainian-American businessman with ties to Giuliani.

The former mayor of New York City has become a key figure in the impeachment probe into the president, which focuses on a July 25th phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Trump demanded to know the identity of the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment probe.

Trump has denied wrongdoing. The House probe could prompt the approval of articles of impeachment leading to a trial in the Senate on whether to remove Trump from office.

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