The release included the transcript of Laura Cooper, top Defense official who oversees Ukraine, who testified about the Trump administration's decision to withhold nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine, which Democrats are examining as part of the House investigation into whether President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Milley warns of 'Sputnik moment' for China WSJ publishes letter from Trump continuing to allege voter fraud in PA Oath Keeper who was at Capitol on Jan. 6 runs for New Jersey State Assembly MORE pressed Ukraine to help his own reelection bid in 2020.
And Democrats also released the transcripts from joint depositions with Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, two former assistants to former U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker.
While all three are more minor witnesses who were called into testify, they offered background information for House investigators as they seek to determine whether Trump used the aid or the promise of a White House meeting as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open probes into interference in the 2016 presidential election and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report 21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Vulnerable House Dems push drug pricing plan MORE, one of his top 2020 political rivals.
Cooper's testimony was primarily memorable for a GOP protest that delayed it.
A group of congressional Republicans protesting the closed-door depositions disrupted the scheduled hearing by storming the secure closed space in which the interview was set to be conducted.
— Olivia Beavers
Trump reiterates calls for whistleblower testimony
President Trump is reiterating his calls for the whistleblower who triggered the impeachment inquiry to testify.
In a Monday afternoon tweet, Trump said the anonymous whistleblower should testify, as should House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffAll eyes on Garland after Bannon contempt vote House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party MORE (D-Calif.).
Where is the Whistleblower who gave so much false information? Must testify along with Schiff and others!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2019
Trump and congressional Republicans have repeatedly called for the whistleblower to testify. The government employee's attorneys have argued there is no reason for him to testify since his allegations have largely been outrun by testimony from various witnesses interviewed in the probe.
A rough transcript of a July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine's president also largely matched the whistleblower's allegations.
— Ian Swanson
House Democrats, ex-Bolton aide ask judge to block Mulvaney from joining lawsuit