Trump hits Democrats over private hearings with former officials, 'most of whom I do not know'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE on Tuesday complained that Democrats are "allowing no transparency" by holding closed-door hearings with a cavalcade of administration officials as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

The president claimed he did not know most of the individuals giving potentially damaging testimony about his dealings with Ukraine as numerous administration officials defy the White House's refusal to comply with the investigation.

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"Democrats are allowing no transparency at the Witch Hunt hearings. If Republicans ever did this they would be excoriated by the Fake News," Trump tweeted. "Let the facts come out from the charade of people, most of whom I do not know, they are interviewing for 9 hours each, not selective leaks."

 

Trump's tweets echoed calls from some Republican lawmakers who have called on Democrats to release the full transcripts of their private hearings with Trump administration officials.

Fiona Hill, a former special assistant to the president who specialized in Europe and Russia affairs, testified on Monday that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGrowing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Top NSC aide puts Sondland at front lines of Ukraine campaign, speaking for Trump Bloomberg, Patrick take different approaches after late entries into primary race MORE and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland pursued a “shadow foreign policy” in Ukraine.

Her testimony followed an appearance by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified that she was pushed out of her role because of “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

The White House counsel last week sent a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLouisiana governor wins re-election Dynamic scoring: Forward-thinking budgeting practices to grow our economy Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' MORE (D-Calif.) and three committee leaders stating that the administration would not cooperate with any of their requests related to the impeachment inquiry and unsuccessfully sought to block parts or all of the testimony from Hill and Yovanovitch.

Sondland, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFive takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong Ousted ambassador describes State Department in 'crisis' in dramatic impeachment testimony MORE are among those still scheduled to testify this week.

Democrats formally launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump late last month, alleging he abused his office by urging Ukraine's president to “look into” former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry MORE and his son Hunter Biden during a July phone call.