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Current and former US officials say Sondland's use of a cellphone in a public place in Ukraine to speak with anyone in the USA government back home about sensitive matters, let alone the president, would be a significant breach of communications security.

His comment comes a day after the House held its first public impeachment inquiry hearings, with testimonials from diplomats George Kent and Bill Taylor.

"I have never seen a direct relationship between investigations and security assistance." said Prystaiko, "Yes, the investigations were mentioned, you know, in the conversation of the presidents. I think you read text", Zelensky said at a September press conference.

President Donald Trump demanded an apology from Democrats after a senior Ukrainian official insisted America's European Union ambassador did not link a military aid freeze to a corruption investigation of Joe Biden and his son. "But there was no clear connection between these events", the minister said.

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"Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward", he testified, adding that he understood the "investigations" to refer to Trump's demand for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and a non-existent Democratic National Committee server.

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The staff member who heard the call asked Sondland what Trump thinks about Ukraine. Trump denied there was any quid pro quo and has said the entire inquiry is a witch hunt.

"Obviously, making a phone call from Kyiv to the president of the United States means that not just the Russian intelligence services will be on the call, but a whole lot of other people, too", McFaul said.

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'I always believed that suspending aid to Ukraine was ill-advised, although I did not know (and still do not know) when, why, or by whom the aid was suspended, ' said Sondland in his revised statement. Graham told Axios late Wednesday that he had informed Erdogan "that 10,000 SDF fighters, mostly Kurds, suffered, died, or injured in the fight against ISIS, and America will not forget that and will not abandon them".

A transcript of their July 25 phone call shows that Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son's business dealings in Ukraine. First time I've heard it. But I've never heard this.

In his closed-door testimony last month, which was released by the House Intelligence Committee several days ago, Sondland told the committee that he had spoken frequently with Prystaiko and other Ukrainian officials during the period in question.

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