But a review of more than 2,600 pages of transcripts released this week by eight witnesses who testified in the House impeachment investigation over the past six weeks shows how the US government has been sparring with Trump over Ukraine's policy for months. He has stepped up efforts to strengthen a key strategic alliance after Trump recruited his own lawyer to work outside the normal diplomatic channels in an apparent effort to increase his chances of re-election.
In addition, the testimony shows a president separated from the integral role that Ukraine plays in US policy against Russia – but also revives his agitation for Ukraine. And the testimony of at least one witness has linked Trump to the decision to deny nearly $ 400 million in security assistance to Ukraine until the country announced it would continue investigating its political rivals.
Trump has insisted that Ukraine investigate its rivals beyond the phone call.
The testimony officials explained that Ukraine's pressure to investigate the president's political opponents was long before the call came, and weeks after the president called on Zelensky to investigate. The Bidens.