President Trump Donald John TrumpCharles Barkley: 'Vice President Pence needs to shut the hell up' Democrats say whistleblower deposition no longer central to impeachment investigation: report Trump plans to appeal House subpoena for Supreme Court MORE  's top Russia and Europe adviser to the National Security Council is reportedly expected next week to corroborate a top diplomat's testimony that the Trump administration tied aid to Ukraine to the president's request that Kiev investigate former Vice President Joe Biden [1
Sources told CNN that Tim Morrison will testify before Congress that he did not see anything wrong with what the administration did but noted tha t there will be a "nuance" to his testimony.
Morrison is the first current White House official scheduled to testify as part of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. An attorney for Morrison said he intends to test if he is subpoenaed, even if the White House seeks to block him.
Morrison plans to appear for his deposition, ”attorney Barbara Van Gelder said in a statement to The Hill.
She declined to provide a preview of what Morrison plans for telling investigators, though he is set to support testimony from William Taylor, who serves as the chargé d'affaires for Ukraine, according to CNN. Taylor laid out in detailed testimony this week that Trump decided to hold roughly $ 400 million in financial aid until he secured a commitment from Ukraine that they would investigate Biden, one of his top political rivals.
The top Ukraine diplomat said Trump officials including personal attorney Rudy Giuliani Rudy GiulianiPompeo hints State Dept. will comply with order to release Giuliani communications Whistleblower exposed much more than Trump's self-dealing Giuliani seeking defense attorney: report MORE ; U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland; then-special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker Kurt VolkerFive takeaways from US envoy's explosive testimony Democrats say they have a game changer on impeachment Volker pressed Zelensky to convince Trump he would launch investigations before call: Report MORE ; and Energy Secretary Rick Perry Rick PerryFive takeaways from US envoy's explosive testimony Deepening the US-Israel relationship through business Democrats say they have a game changer on impeachment MORE conducted a shadow foreign policy campaign push Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to produce a public statement about investigations into the 2016 presidential election and Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company that employed Biden's son.
“During our call on September 8, Ambassador Sondland tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman. When a businessman is about to sign up to check on someone who owes him something, he said, the businessman asks that person to pay up before singing the check, ”Taylor told congressional investigators during his nearly 10-hour appearance behind closed doors.
Morrison was mentioned 15 times in Taylor's opening statement, including when he tested that Morrison described a "sinking feeling" from Trump saying there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine while he was testing Zelensky to investigate Biden.
The House's impeachment investigation sparked last month after a whistleblower complaint and a rough transcript of a July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky were made public. The memorandum of the call shows that Trump repeatedly pressured Zelensky to work with Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr William Pelham BarrJustice Dept. to launch a criminal investigation into its own Russia probes: report by William Barr is on the right side of history Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' MORE to investigate Biden.
Morrison is known to have been on the July phone call.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the July call with Zelensky "perfect," and denying that the halted military aid was tied to his request.