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"I absolutely believe this is witness intimidation", Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, told CNN on Monday.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council. His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, privately warned the ban could hurt him in battleground states, said a person who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

He told lawmakers behind closed doors Friday that he overheard Sondland telling Trump that the president of Ukraine would do anything that Trump wanted, according to remarks obtained by The Associated Press.

The intelligence committee will hear from both Sondland and former Ukrainian envoy Kurt Volker this week - two of the so-called "three amigos" who had taken the lead on Ukrainian policy outside normal channels.

The phone call first came to attention when an anonymous government whistleblower filed a complaint.

Republican congressman Steve Scalise took to Twitter to report the curious exchange, and to call out Schiff, who has previously claimed that he does not know the whistleblower's identity.

Vindman had testified he was alarmed by Trump's request to investigate the Bidens.

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"It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a USA citizen and a political opponent", Vindman said.

On September 21, members of U.S. Congress called on the Trump administration to provide the transcript of the U.S. president's conversation with Zelensky.

"Without hesitation, I knew I had to report this", Vindman told the House Intelligence Committee.

Vindman, testifying in his military uniform, said he had prepared talking points for the July 25 phone call for President Trump to follow.

Vindman said there was a discussion among lawyers in the White House about the best way to manage the transcript because it was "viewed as a sensitive transcript".

At the time of the call, the officials were just beginning to make the link with the stalled military aid - $391 million approved by Congress- that Ukraine was relying on as it confronts neighboring Russian Federation.

Vindman called it "comical" and said he swiftly reported it up his chain of command.

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In his tweets, Mr Trump attacked Ms Pelosi as "Our Crazy, Do Nothing" speaker, but said he would consider testifying "in order to get Congress focused again". Trump was trying to pressure the Ukrainian president to publicly announce an investigation into Joe Biden's son Hunter and his role on Burisma's board. Detailed results were not released; he said he would finish the exam in 2020.

He also said during an appearance on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures" that his House colleagues have expressed concern about the impeachment inquiry. "It was inappropriate, it was improper for the president to demand an investigation into a political opponent".

He then addressed his father, saying "Dad, my sitting here proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union".

Vindman was one of four officials to testify on Tuesday in the ongoing public hearings.

They are the first two witnesses sought by minority Republicans to testify in the televised public hearings.

Trump's suggestion that he might himself testify in the investigation which threatens his presidency had no impact on the House Intelligence Committee's plans to interview nine witnesses this week.

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