Transcript for First witness transcript from impeachment inquiry is released
Next this evening you the impeachment showdown and senate investigators releasing the first wave of transcripts of closed door testimony, including the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and the suggestion he says to offer praise for president trump in a tweet. The president calling her bad news in that transcript of the phone call between president trump and the president of Ukraine, saying "She's going to go through some touch things. "It all comes as four white witnesses were no-shows today, and ABC's Mary Bruce on the hill. Reporter: After weeks behind closed doors, tonight, the first witness transcript is out. Former ukranian ambassador Marie yovanovitch describing a shadow campaign to oust her, led by the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. She says Ukrainian officials told her Giuliani and his associates "Had plans, and that they were going to, you know, do things, including to me." Adding one Ukrainian official "Told me I really needed to watch my back." Today, president trump tried to distance himself from yovanovitch's testimony. I'm sure she's a very fine woman. I just don't know much about her. Reporter: Hoping to save her job, yovanovitch said she say peeled to the president's point-man on Ukraine, the ambassador to the eu, Gordon sondland. Sondland's advice? He said, "You know, you need to go big or go home. Tweet out there that you support the president. You know, the sorts of things that he likes. You know, go out there battling aggressively and, you know, praise him or support him." Yovanovitch refused. And a few weeks later, she was told to get on the next plane home, that it was a matter of her security. In his July phone call with the president of Ukraine, president trump called yovanovitch "Bad news," saying she was "Going to go through some things." Yovanovitch testified that when she found out, "I didn't know what it meant. I was very concerned. I still am." Asked, "Did you feel threatened?" She replied "Yes." The committee today also releasing the transcript of Michael Mckinley, a top aide to secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who says he tried to convince Pompeo to defend ambassador yovanovitch. Just last month, Pompeo told George Stephanopoulos those conversations never happened. You know, from the time that ambassador yovanovitch departed Ukraine until the time that he came to tell me that he was departing, I never heard him say a single thing about his concerns with respect to the decision that was made. So you were never asked -- Not -- not once. Not once, George. Reporter: Today's transcript reveals Mckinley claims he raised concerns with secretary Pompeo three times. And later resigned in protest. Con flukting stories there. Mary Bruce on the hill tonight. And tomorrow, the hill releasing Gordon sondland's transcript. You've been following the other headline tonight, lawmakers were scheduled to hear from four white house officials today, but they were no-shows? Reporter: David, despite being served with subpoenas, all four senior officials refused to testify today, citing orders from president trump. Democrats tonight say it is further evidence of obstruction and are moving ahead. David? Mary Bruce live on the hill tonight.
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