Transcript for Transcripts of depositions released as senior white house budget official testifies
We're heading into another major week in the impeachment inquiry, a series of major witnesses set to testify including ambassador Gordon sondland, the trump appointee at the center of the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate the president's political rivals. Overnight, a series of new developments. Overnight house Democrats releasing new transcripts from witnesses who testified behind closed doors. One witness raising questions about whether the white house left out key details about that now infamous phone call between trump and the president of Ukraine. In a potentially troubling sign for the president a defeat in the deep red state of Louisiana. The incumbent Democrat beating out the Republican heavily backed by trump. We have it all covered this morning. George is standing by with analysis. We begin with David right at the white house. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. There really is no such thing as a weekend for these impeachment investigators. Not only did they hear for five hours behind closed doors from an official from the white house office of management and budget, they also released new transcripts which raise big questions going forward. After the white house ordered him not to cooperate, mark sandy of the office of management and budget appeared Saturday under subpoena. He's a career civil servant, not a political appointee, answering questions about the administration's decision to briefly withhold $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. Democrats are trying to show the president froze the money to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. The committee also released transcripts of two other witnesses, one of them Jennifer Williams, is a staff member of vice president Mike pence. She was on the July 25th call in which trump repeatedly brought up investigating the Bidens and the 2016 election. She said the found the mention of those investigations unusual and inappropriate. She also told the committee she noted a specific name that came up. Burisma, that's the Ukrainian energy company where hunter Biden served on the board while his father, Joe Biden, was the Obama administration's point person on Ukraine. Biden and his son are stone-cold crooked. Reporter: The summary of the call released by the white house, is center piece of trump's defense -- All that matters is the transcript. The transcript is perfect. Reporter: -- Makes no mention at all of burisma. Williams is the second person to testify about the omission. Lt. Colonel Alexander vindman of the national security council who was also on the call also noted it down. Another transcript released Saturday was of Tim Morrison's testimony. He's a former nsc staffer who described a shadow foreign policy serves the president's there was the normal process where the decision making went through the duly appointed personnel and there was this second tract chiefly led by ambassador Gordon sondland where Rudy Giuliani's name would come up. Morrison testified sondland told him he was not going rogue. Quote, he related to me he was acting, he was discussing these matters with the president. All this raises questions for sondland who has been back already to revise his testimony. Williams, vindman and Morrison are all set to appear Tuesday. Sondland is back in an open session on Wednesday. As we said, another big week. David right, thank you. Let's bring in our chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. Good morning. Good morning. As David said, we have another set of big witnesses this week including Gordon sondland. What are you looking for? How is Gordon sondland going to revise his testimony. After what we've seen this weekend David Holmes the embassy aid who was at lunch with Gordon sondland says he was talking to the president about Biden investigations. You heard the testimony from Tim Morrison talking about five phone calls between the president and sondland about the investigations, about the military aid clearly saying ambassador sondland was being directed by the president. That calls into question -- first of all, it ties president trump more directly into all this. Number two, it calls into question ambassador sondland's testimony. One of the things he said was he never thought these investigations were about the Bidens. Clearly contradicted right there. One question going forward did he perjure himself? How is he going to revise his testimony? Speaking of the Bidens, another thing we saw in David's piece is that there's new testimony the white house may have left the word burisma out of its reconstruction in the phone call between the president and the president of the Ukraine. Maybe president trump was asking specifically about investigating the Bidens. What's your take? That's the testimony of colonel vindman and Jennifer remember at the yovanovitch hearing on Friday, right before the hearing, the president released the transcript of the first April phone call with president zelensky which had no mention at all of corruption, even though the official white house read-out said the president brought up corruption. There appears to be a fair amount of covering up, changing of the stories of what was happening in the phone calls. Now you have two more pieces of testimony that says burisma and the Bidens were discussed in the phone calls. It ties the president much more closely to the effort of investigating the Bidens, withholding a white house meeting and military aid until the investigations were announced by the Ukrainians. I want to sneak in a question about the Democrats running for question. We have this CNN poll showing that mayor Pete buttigieg is pulling ahead in Iowa by about 10 points. Rocketed ahead. Not only the CNN poll, the des Moines register poll, this is big news. Mid western, mayor of south Bend, huge ground operation in Iowa. He's rocketed to the top of the pack. We have a few months to go until the vote. A lot can change until then. This is significant news for Pete buttigieg. Watch for him to be a target at the next democratic debate. George love seeing you Sunday morning. Thank you. Thank you. I want to remind everybody George has a big show. He's going to talk impeachment with two members of the intelligence committee, Patrick Maloney and Chris Stewart. That's all coming up on "This week" on ABC. Whit, over to you. A huge loss for president trump and Republicans in Louisiana as democratic governor John bell Edwards narrownly wins a second term there. The moderate leader remains the deep south's only democratic governor winning with 51% of the vote. President trump spoke at three rallies for the Republican calling on voters to send Democrats in Washington a message.
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