Trump calls on other countries to assist in investigating corruption

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And in a key development, a potential second whistleblower was reportedly weighing whether to come forward.

Mr. Volker's testimony, and text messages he gave to Congressional investigators, capped a turbulent week for the Trump administration as it seeks to fend off an impeachment inquiry into whether the President pressed foreign leaders to investigate his political rivals.

"I really believe that they're going to pay a tremendous price at the polls", Trump said.

He called the impeachment saga "some silly gotcha game", saying the matter distracts from important issues like improving lives and growing economies.

Pompeo supported the administration's demand that Ukraine open inquiries into alleged corruption that could target former USA vice-president Joe Biden's son and alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election as reasonable, responsible, and necessary to target graft, ensure aid is spent properly, and protect America's democracy.

At the time, the Trump administration was withholding hundreds of millions in aid for Ukraine and Democrats said they suspect Trump was using US foreign policy and taxpayer money for his personal political gain.

In a tweet early Saturday, Trump said that "the so-called Whistleblower's account of my ideal phone call is 'way off, ' not even close". "This is a fraud against the American people!" he tweeted.

But if a second whistleblower emerges, and if that person has more direct information about the events in question, as The New York Times reported late Friday, the allegations would become more hard to shrug off.

The US Capitol in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019.

They gave the White House until October 18 to produce the information, including who else besides Trump was on the phone call with Zelenskiy.

Democrats have sought to use their declared impeachment investigation to bolster their case to access all sorts of documents from the administration, most recently secret grand jury information that underpinned special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

America’s factories just suffered their worst month in a decade
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The chairmen of three House of Representatives committees said they want documents related to a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that is at the heart of their inquiry.

Trump has accused Democrats of carrying out "a coup" and doubled down on the notion that Biden's son, Hunter, should be investigated for his activities in Ukraine.

The text messages showed that some USA diplomats had doubts about Trump's pressure on Zelensky, including allegedly freezing a $400 million military aid package.

Why is Mr Trump being investigated?

"I'm only interested in corruption".

"He wanted an investigation into a seriously conflicted former vice president of the United States who damaged the reputation of the United States in Ukraine".

But no evidence has surfaced showing wrongdoing by either Biden. As Democrats raised their attacks on Trump, many Republicans remained muted, supportive of the president but keeping a distance.

Official transcripts from a press conference at the White House the next day show Pence refusing to answer directly a reporter's question about aid to Ukraine conditioned on investigating the Bidens.

While Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse have spoken out against the President's comments, most congressional Republicans are standing firm.

Asked whether Greece or other US allies could expect similar political pressure from Washington, Pompeo said it was the normal way that governments deal with each one other. "I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats!"

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