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Trump Blasts Former Officials For Testifying Before Congress, Denies Knowing Them

President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted his former officials for testifying before the House committees conducting an impeachment inquiry, claiming that he doesn’t know them.

Trump complained on Twitter that Democrats are “allowing no transparency” by holding closed-door hearings with a cavalcade of administration officials as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

He then claimed he did not know most of the individuals giving potentially damaging testimony about his dealings with Ukraine as numerous administration officials defy the White House’s refusal to comply with the investigation.

“Democrats are allowing no transparency at the Witch Hunt hearings. If Republicans ever did this they would be excoriated by the Fake News,” Trump tweeted. “Let the facts come out from the charade of people, most of whom I do not know, they are interviewing for 9 hours each, not selective leaks.”

Trump’s tweet echoed calls from some Republican lawmakers who have called on Democrats to release the full transcripts of their private hearings with Trump administration officials.

Fiona Hill, a former special assistant to the president who specialized in Europe and Russia affairs, testified on Monday that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland pursued a “shadow foreign policy” in Ukraine.

Her testimony followed an appearance by former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified that she was pushed out of her role because of “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.”

Sondland, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are among those still scheduled to testify this week.

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