Is This the 'Sea Change' on Impeachment?

Trump, McConnell at odds on one point as testimony continues
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura K. Cooper is photographed in Washington.   (Department of Defense via AP)
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(Newser) – The deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia will testify in the House impeachment inquiry Wednesday about the withholding of military aid from Ukraine, following up the stunning testimony of the top US diplomat in Ukraine. This as President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appear to be at odds on one point. McConnell said Tuesday that he never discussed the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with the president, even though Trump described their apparent conversation earlier this month. Details:

  • A denial: "I don't recall any conversations with the president about that phone call. We've not had any conversations on that subject," McConnell told reporters Tuesday, per Politico. Speaking earlier this month on the rough transcript of the call, he said there was "no quid pro quo" and it's "laughable to think this is anywhere close to an impeachable offense."

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