House Democrats release two more transcripts; Bloomberg eyeing 2020 presidential race

House Democrats released additional transcripts ahead of public testimonies in the impeachment probe; Bloomberg set to make presidential run; Excerpts of “A Warning” by Anonymous released.
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Every walk into the briefing room here on ABC news live on Devin Dwyer and Washington a big news day. Here in the nation's capital as we look ahead to major public impeachment hearings next week. We also have standing by today a former navy seal deputy sitcom commander. Admiral Bob Carr worked he's gonna bring us this story take a look this was his high altitude record breaking jump. Over at Everest a short time ago Ross again get his thoughts. I'm president Trump's possible pardons of American war criminals ahead of veterans day that's coming up but first. Breaking news on Capitol Hill on the impeachment inquiry is the house committees investigating the president now released two more sets of transcripts. Their depositions with key witnesses just days before this public impeachment hearings begin our senior got investigative producer Johnson Tucci is here Catherine folders. It's here as well guys you've been pouring in to these. More another dump of hundreds of pages depositions that these are significant because. Two days and documents involved two key players at the White House will who had front row seats in the president's dealings in Ukraine with Rudy Giuliani. India and I think the most significant and it turns her to come out today is the one from colonel then men remember he had. Firsthand knowledge of that July toys that phone call the president had with the Ukrainian president he was in the situation room and says it in his deposition that he has notes. Specifically still other classified. From that phone call and what was revealed in that and then we talked up as rough transcript that the White House has released. You remember there recital at sea is in there and there was questions about what those were our. Some answers we got the time was media could be a voice trailing off. No missing warrants we didn't think amendment says that actually there were some missing words as it related to buy an and and or is not so of course that raises questions now now whether or any other missing words from the transcript but. The other thing is we do hear about the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and his involvement in how. The Howell diplomats found that concerning but he also focuses on of the White House involvement of this he says that in in this is important that he had meetings with John Bolton with the EU ambassador Gordon silently met with the Ukrainian. A counterparts. Saddam meeting happened there on July 10 I believe and he was concerned when Gordon someone brought up to. Two ukrainians that there was some sort of a deliverable for a White House meeting at a White House meeting was conditions. On announcing investigations he went to the national security lawyer at the White House and raise concerns. It's unclear what happened there and then he says. After that July 25 college she was listening to in real time that right after it ended he also again pointed out White House attorney and raise concerns about the phone costs jump in some. Different perspectives on the same phone call on the what's stunning in today's two depositions to me is that both of these individuals Alexander been in a career highly decorated military official on the National Security Council have. You see him there on the left feeling hill the president's top Russia advisor both of these people. We're so concerned by what they heard on that call that they notified. Top lawyers in the White House that this was akin to a quote drug deal that was going to. Yeah and I think it also plays into the path of the concerns that many of these officials including as Catherine mentioned former national security advisor John Bolton. We're having about the role pretty Giuliani and all of this we remember Bolton said Rudy Giuliani was like a hand grenade with everything he was asking the president encouraging the president to get involved and so. I think what we're seeing here DeVon is that. As each deposition comes out is doing two things one is filling in the timeline of the events that handoff. Not all these people speaking to the scene people but filling in that many different areas of the White House operation and the State Department who were concerned about the actions of the president on this phone call. But it's also doing something else. It's amplifying this all while many is really setting the stage for what could be quite explosive public hearings next week up. According to talk about what's in store next week but first let's listen to the president he doesn't seem particularly bothered by this amplification and drumbeat and potentially damaging testimony. Short time ago on his way to Atlanta here's what he had to say. I'm not concerned about anything that testimony is open five. For the most part I'd never even heard of his maple I have no idea who they are. There. Some very fine me but you have some never jumpers. That nobody has any firsthand knowledge there is gophers. They shouldn't be having public appearances all of there's just like the Russian which. At just the continuation. What you look at the lawyer for the whistle blower I thought it ended when they found out that the lawyer was felt compromise. That life is the bad guys. So you look at that I thought that was the end of it. Just a continuation of the hope its it disgraceful thing. Captain Kevin the president says that nobody gets talked to congress has firsthand knowledge that's just not true Alexander Hinman we have I was on the phone call all right that's not sure I mean three individuals have testified hill work on that phone call and Gordon's online the ambassador mentions that he had these direct conversations with the president wants it well I cannot and other people's tests many who send someone sent it gets low. Confusing that he had direct conversations with the president about about the Al in at these are all never troopers John bomb that the users sort of deep state Democrats in hiding mes Sina about ten of them now testifying. And the public sort of looking and all those who are these people are they on never property. Not all of them I mean that there are some of them that are certainly career officials and we know the president has had. An acrimonious relationship with some of the career diplomats others it has been in the job before president trump arrived some of them having served Republican presidents such as George W. Bush 43. But the people that were on the front lines on behalf of the president look at someone like Gordon sunlight he was a mega donor entered the trumps donated nearly a million dollars to the president's inaugural fund was ultimately rewarded. With that cushy job as the ambassador to the EU he was a hotel to shake on the West Coast of the United States prior to that not a lot of experience there to deal apart diplomacy could argue so no you can't say it's all of them but. There are certain people it does raise the questions about. You know we've often talked about the difficulty. In this struck corporate to fill many jobs to us in the State Department posed. The president and I love night had not. May not have been the biggest fans and Donald Trump even if they are Republicans. And there is so of the ten. One person that you can very conspicuous that's been missing from the testimony is John Bolton Elmer. NASA security advisor you have some news Katherine just coming in right now. Here to the bureau regarding John Bolton his attorney they are define. A request from congress that he come and testify he would be a a big witness. In this Ukraine stuff but now his attorney says that plane a bit of the game here with congress. She yeah attorney wrote in a letter had sued to the court and in a separate case of a Bolton is deputy. That Bolden actually wasn't. Be a significant witness essentially. To this impeachment inquiry he says that bone. How is obviously firsthand in direct knowledge of meetings and conversations. That would be at the pertinent to this inquiry and those conversations and meetings at haven't come up yet that we haven't heard from witnesses and as we were talking about earlier Boldon. Insignificant in the fact that yes he would have been a lot of these meetings inning when it had a lot of direct conversations with the president which we haven't heard that from a lot of witnesses other than summit. And going that's the two points you made earlier Balkans has me to do two things one. It is not a never trump are right this is a long time trump loyalist longtime Republican loyalist that would command say summing it could be quite interesting about the president's actions and conversations outside of an around the July 25 forum home that's number one number two. Bolton would fill in more of this timeline right. You have these people come racing wheel so and so said this said that said that a lot of these people reference conversations they had would John Bowles whom we don't hear participate John. Here's the issue John Bolton is someone that we're told will respect the process right so right now he has not been subpoenaed he is listening to a White House directive to all officials to not comply with Congress's investigation. Citing different purple edges so. Congress right now had an option to subpoena him they chose not to. It be subpoenaed him Bolton whose team and their theory was to join the lawsuit Catherine's talking about with his deputy Charlie cup permit. And thereby figure out what to write do here to listen to congress board right listen to my former employer telling you not show up. By not doing that want a little bit a limbo but this letter from Chuck Cooper his lawyer at stake. He's injured singing we cannot let it just slide off the table here because what it says he's that there are other things you don't know what now we want to tell you we want to go through this progress. John Bolton testimony little more tantalizing maybe this'll play out in the and the coming days but we are looking forward to this hearing is actually up real quickly guys. Next Wednesday this all kicks off it's going to be quite a spectacle on Capitol Hill and all day affair. Yeah we're gonna have dealt hold hearings in these days we start off well with George Kent and Bill Taylor they are too career diplomats are having served from multiple years in the State Department. That'll be Wednesday that kicks off right at 10 o'clock up on Capitol Hill and other big hearing next week doing all that as of right now we should build that others are still possible reschedule. He's Marie Ivanovic that is the former ambassador to Ukraine that Rudy Giuliani and others encourage present. And from Peru and ultimately death going to be a big week next week we know you'll be all over Johnson did she get some rest this weekend Karen commerce thank you so much next. I guys to the race to Swanee Swanee and followed from new signs of former. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is back to considering a run for the White House we have not seen or heard from Mike Bloomberg directly. But his team today's filing people work in Alabama to make sure he qualifies. For the ballot in the primary in that state ahead of the deadline later today is team says he's just keeping his options open but of course. This has some people talking all over the place especially the candidates how they are on the trail in number than in New Hampshire today that's where whit Johnson. Caught up with a number of the candidates to ask them about Bloomberg and how his entry might shake up this race. Devin we are out here outside the New Hampshire state house stand behind me to actually hear the for a vice president Joseph Biden speaking at a small rally here. This comes after he filed the official paperwork to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot we've seen many candidates here this week. We spoke with the mayor Pete good judge. We spoke with Andrew Yang all of them here filing that paperwork. Joseph Biden after he was finished with that horrible process he did coming to a side room. For a small gaggle with reporters and answered a few questions among the primary questions he was passed. Was the possibility of a former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg getting into the race here's his response. With regard to Michael Bloomberg welcomed the race Michaels a solid guy who lets you heard goats I have no no problem with him getting in the race. Being and in terms of he's running because we unless pulls I looked at country or head. Another thing the former vice president was also asked about his calls from president prompted some of his supporters. Burke Joseph Biden himself and is that a hundred actually testify on Capitol Hill. As part in the impeachment inquiry today he didn't really answer he dividend instead. If president trump wants to talk about corruption or tackle corruption. He should look within his own White House and own administration. And specifically called Rudy Giuliani a dog. Speaking of the president and the White House vice president Mike Pence was also here in New Hampshire yesterday filing that very same paperwork to make sure that president from. Is on the New Hampshire primary ballot. Coming up in the new year DeVon. Our thanks to wood Johnson of that are very active New Hampshire springer political director recline here to close of the week Rick. I'll watch how we can politics once again let's just pick up with with the vice former rice president had to say there short time ago that he's. For first time talking about polls he didn't like to talk about polls now we have Joseph Biden say look listen everybody. I'm lead and then all the polls. Quite true though he's not look at all the polls and that's what he thinks and look at. On one level and Michael Bloomberg's rumblings in the real rumblings this is not some kind of show thing he's gotten close before we're told this is real. Those rumblings are a reaction Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the ascendancy of the last. On another level it's a statement about the state of Joseph Biden's candidacy that Michael Bloomberg would find the need to reconsider were on in that lane. That's exactly billing that he would occupy and it's the angst overt over the Joseph Biden's potential inability. To win the primary that's driving these conversations that puts Mike Bloomberg. Back in the mix here that is the scene idea there around the same age they seem kind of brand of politics. I think Joseph Biden would quickly point out Mike Bloomberg used to be Republican and became an independent something party identity is it is a big argument here. But it's critical took to put this in that context that there's a lot of Democrats just flat worry that they're gonna lose that Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders would lose the general election. And I'll tell you also was awarded Bernie Sanders are much happier to see Bloomberg in the race. Then Joseph Biden is because it gives them an effective foil they can run against billionaires any day of the week. And they and they they can run against millionaires and boomer can do. Fund himself yell certainly run I mean. People today a lot talking and are to remain in the race not in the debates can he raise the money Kenny line of the donor's kidney donors he does end up 52 billion dollars in the bank. If that WinFS unlimited funds and he's far richer than Donald Trump he consult on that deck campaign. What do you drinking too intriguing twist here is that Hillary is he meaning donors is to get on the debate stage you'll were called Evan that the the Democrats for this requirement of grassroots donors so. He can probably spend enough money to get himself the polling numbers but does he even attempts to essentially buy at the grassroots grassroots donations. To get resolved on the bases or does he does is doing this without thought of one of his advisors cents in today's and you know. He does messing heated debates that that diminishes a lot of the candidates out there he can go out there and use paid advertising and earned media to get his word out just as effectively as during the may know once tried that before they success. Never seem to collect donors of course he has to get out and do some campaigning shakes their hand GS and he has not done you said this is very real it does feel like we've been here before you before. What are you hearing about when we may actually see Mike Bloomberg begin to campaign. So I think it's gonna happen within the next week or two they the critical thing for the team now is they've got a filing deadline Alabama that's another one and Arkansas next week we saw. The pictures in New Hampshire they have until next Friday to do that you don't do any of those in person not necessarily traditionally they are done that way but he can buy himself a little bit of time with this. A look in your right there are people that are skeptical of Bloomberg keep going back to 20072008. Has made noises about running for president ultimately never pulled the trigger this is more than noises this is actions I'm told that the decision is a lot closer than it has. In the past all right well speaking of billionaires in this race there is an auto and an artist comes dire of course has already been running for awhile pouring a lot of his own cash and Arab Rihanna Stewart. Political reporter now in South Carolina caught up with Tom Cyrus short time ago and asked him about this Bloomberg possibility taking. Look to me the question here's what's your message. I mean I don't care how much money Michael Bloomberg has the question for Michael Bloomberg is what's your message but you have to say to democratic voters and are you trustworthy. You know messenger for that. Statement so you know to me he's exactly the same as all the other candidates which is what is you have to say and who isn't. Campaign has been. Some controversy. Everything fees. But poppy seed in her campaign. First there would be. Eight. Nine after downloading team. And it. Volunteers. Are he just react to that. Look what we said at the time if we want to make sure we understand what happened. That he'd resigned to protect the campaign nothing was ever taken we never use the data that nothing bad ever happen. He just wanted to make sure that we were protected. So as far as I'm concerned I'm sorry it ever happened. I want to make sure that we understand ultimately what it was but the fact that matters nothing bad happened and he resigned to protect the campaign. For for fear that someone would think we've done something wrong which we had. And a person out plant has somewhat of a fire especially. He continues to fall. How are you going to spit fire. Rihanna. Your first question was about this race and I said this race is wide open this race is wide open. Every political campaign I've ever seen the pundits and the people for news city after the campaign he'd broken leg. Will most people don't make up their mind so close to election. Sometime in the last month. So when you say a fire while I don't believe that percent of the truth that matters the people South Carolina are looking this race is more open than it's ever been. Top sire target in the game there every Stewart and South Carolina Rick we haven't seen any real movement to be clear. On Tom's Tyre in its any of these polls released on the very low single digits if you registers at all that's right he's gotten itself to those that basically is what you do beyond that you know I'd fascinated by the first six months or so is race have been about. How do you the 1% 2% 4%. You don't win anything with those kind of numbers and at some point you have to recognize that reality and. I frankly think is another challenge for Bloomberg who's getting in extraordinarily late yes he's got billions got more billions even the top sire popSiren shown you can get up you can essentially buy your way into the polls and buy your way to a debate stage that doesn't get you actual support and there's a lot of candidates that the work in this very hard for a long time. It's hard to see that suddenly boom you spend it you know couple couple hundred million dollars and suddenly you're the front lines now works. There is one thing though that Mike Bloomberg has that Tom's tired doesn't have. That's a nickname from Donald Trump who today is clear though it back might Bloomberg on the South Lawn of the White House Nicholas. He's not getting it well but I think you've got art Biden actually. Body doesn't have the magic did it well. Little Michael will now go spend a lot of money. It's got some really big issues that the birds no problem. These got a lot of other problems but I know Michael Bloomberg fairly well but do well fairly well well enough. We will not do very well kind of he did I'd be happy there's nobody I'd rather run against that little by nomadic. Our little Michelson normally when we have these candidates they get attacked him branded by Donald Trump is anxious some fear factor. From downtown do you think that Mike Bloomberg poses a threat to Donald Trump or is actually helpful to have Mike Bloomberg in the race damaging somebody. The Dubai on the eve Bloomberg advice on how to respond to that but I might point in my wallet or my bank account if I'm little Michael Bloomberg and you even among the the most generous accounting a president from. He could buy and sell them like 458 times don't tell I think I think Bloomberg knows the trump playbook and they came up doll in the same world the they are creatures of the same. Media environment they know the New York tabs they know that the rough and tumble of New York politics they've worked together on things they worked against each other on things as a full picture. Floating around of the them as part of a golfing foursome a couple of years ago with Rudy Giuliani Bill Clinton. These guys know each other really well I think I think if your if you're Donald Trump the idea another New York millionaire maybe that neutralizes something else but. I it's an intriguing match up to say believes that Bloomberg can make it happen these two rich white old New Yorkers running neck against each other Billy. The economy's semi could see Bloomberg out there 12 weeks to be fascinating to watch for Klein thanks much for Cadbury weekend. To the White House now where the president is still struggling to find that mystery Ada senior administration official. Who has been leaking in dishing about what's been taking place in the west wing first in an. Damaging anonymous op Ed in the Washington Post now a new book that's coming out it's called a warning. It's due to hit shelves in eleven days the Washington Post has an early copy in our Jordan Phelps has been pouring into some of the headlines coming out of this book Jordan. A lot of people very interested in who this official is that's writing. At length about what's going on in the west wing and I was struck. In these excerpts by the cohort of individuals this person described this. Would seem to be quite a large number of people that are bothered by the president's conduct. Yeah DeVon it still complete mystery who this person is we don't even know if they current or former. Senior official. But DeVon this person paints a portrait of a careening presidency. At one point they described the president compare him to a child saying that like a twelve year old in an air traffic control tower. Pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately. Indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway. DeVon this official also describes. Last year an effort. What he described he or she described as a midnight south massacre this idea that several or many senior officials. Would I've resigned in masse to sort of spit setting up an alarm about what is going on inside the White House DeVon they say they ultimately scrapped that idea out of concern that it would just be more disruptive but I'm pretty explosive allegations contained in these pages. Jordan tell source at the White House thank you so much for that Jordan finally today in incredible record breaking feat. By some of this country's fiercest military veterans a group of veterans led by two former Navy SEALs. I recently completed or they say they completed the highest ever. Parachute jump in world history take a look at this video coming in. Here to ABC news the group was led by former seal Freddy Williams also joined by the former. I deputy cent com commander and navy seal admiral Bob forward who joins me now on the phone Bob we're looking at the pictures. From this jump if this took place at Mount Everest 20000 feet. Tell us how you did it. Forward to have that there were burned beyond the culprit is. Development sold parachutes for the military. If they do go up high altitude worked excellent wandered prepared to fire her group. Now we put people everywhere of the United States wanted to where people. And what better way to prove that fight. Over 20000 you don't bother outburst that it took a couple jobs were jobs. 141000. C sixteen valve with speaker paid 2000 feet. We'll cooperate. Picture of a helicopter could get snow leopard got. That's not a cougar golf course was where pick up its work they. Came out about apple is still there are over 20000. Seat. While and Bob and Bob you are obviously no stranger to extreme missions as a former CEO yourself. Where does this job compare for you in in your lifetime of of extreme things this looks pretty spectacular and dangerous. Well it didn't interpret different actually helpless you know completely dude does a lot of higher altitude. Parachute work we're jumper about this through to spot both in style but he. Spoke with the intent to be able to my pistol toward a prisoner anywhere they want but what we're talking usual pop goes well we'll go landed. Antoine created so challengers because Jack dapper helicopters. Packard desktop Hartnell. Sort just so you lose your jump out by helicopter about his spot solvency. What shall produce as several thousand it to work we have so little different fashion but six I think gazette and have our our patients but this you'll be. Donor. Where as we navigate the roads with plant recorder right. Network construction site after it happened where the Williams ethnicity. Complete parachute solutions unit that are literally you're afraid of that psychic sure they can do. A depression our country needs our guides to acts accused. And aside from setting a record which is they're gonna freeze in an itself I suppose highest altitude ever jump. Why did you do this a lot of people would say why go to such lengths to go to did do something so extreme. Well but very purpose is to demonstrate their group the capabilities. Throughout these terrorists are used for the military. And trains them to be able to ensure insert god and where they need to be is that wide area. Thank you don't know we're about why they're all now efforts there's as higher which can land on it but there are other places that are cannot stand up. Our real our suburbs where guys debuted at area high altitude she sure about. A quick work of Wallace glee episode you go pop out. Why it is jumping into the Atlantic well hire a possible drop so when it felt good but world. Your aren't sure about equipment probably the parachutes but the oxygen system in the used to bridge the or function LP where else that the world should be out. A real tough and careers constrict that the current all military how's that spelled. Krueger. Equipment at the world. And admiral before we let's ago I just want to askew about Monday it's being veterans day obviously a moment to recognize the service and sacrifice have you and so many other. Americans and we we know president trump to commemorate the day is considering pardoning. Three. I either accused or convicted US service members including Navy SEALs. For misconduct in some of the recent wars. And that what are your thoughts on that do you think it would be appropriate for the president to usurp the military justice system. But can you sloping would be a very powerful tool but it looked over code of military justice were. For decades. And it's really hard Kruger system their insurance. Our job this is plural verb the world being public servants preparers and now what carrier suffered. And the gap the cut there who are cheap. Baptist co marketed. Like that bulk of those factories that are playing at this. At what does merger. And we will wait and see you what decision he makes if he makes a decision had about Monday which is veterans day and admiral Harvard we salute you and your service in the service of all the Navy SEALs and thousands of US military service members thank you sir thanks for sharing your story. I've based all of our viewers you're an ABC news live for tuning in this week to catch all the top political headlines in Washington a big week ahead. Here on the channel as we continue to track those first public impeachment hearings involving president trump that will be Wednesday. Starting at 9 AM eastern time right here on ABC news live until then I'm Devin Dwyer and Washington have a great weekend. See you back here on my.

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