Tim Morrison left the White House on the eve of his speech in the House of Representatives.
On Thursday, the former leading adviser to President Donald Trump on Russia and Europe Tim Morrison, who left his post in the White House the day before, testifies in the House of Representatives.
Upon arriving on Capitol Hill, Morrison did not answer questions from reporters. The hearing will be held behind closed doors, but Morrison’s testimony could play a key role in the impeachment investigation.
Morrison, who served on the National Security Council, left his post on Wednesday. According to a senior administration official, he “decided to explore other possibilities.” The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added that Morrison had “been contemplating leaving the White House for quite some time.”
Lawmakers are expected to ask Morrison to explain why he had an “uneasy feeling” when Trump asked the President of Ukraine to investigate possible interference in the 2016 election and the activities of former Vice President Joe Biden.
Morrison, known in professional circles for his hard-line views on national security issues, is the first political appointee from the White House to testify as part of an impeachment investigation.
Morrison’s name is mentioned more than a dozen times in the testimony of William Taylor, the acting US Ambassador to Ukraine. Taylor told lawmakers that trump wanted to withhold military aid earmarked for Ukraine until President Vladimir Zelensky agreed to make a public promise to investigate Biden and his son hunter. Taylor’s testimony contradicts the statements of trump himself, who has repeatedly stressed that there were no agreements on a service for a service with Ukraine.
According to Taylor, Morrison recounted a conversation between the US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, and a senior Zelensky aide, Andrei Ermak. As Morrison told Taylor, Ukraine will not receive military assistance until Zelensky promises to launch an investigation into the gas company Burisma, where Biden’s son worked. In the same context, the organization of a meeting between Trump and Zelensky in the White house was discussed.
“I was concerned about what Morrison told me about the conversation between Sondland and Ermak,” Taylor told lawmakers. “That was the first time I heard that military aid was linked to the investigations, not just the White House meeting.”
According to Taylor, Morrison said he had an “uneasy feeling” when he learned of the conversation Sondland and Trump had on September 7.
“According to Morrison, President Trump told Ambassador Sondland he was not asking for a favor for a favor,” Taylor said. – But President Trump insisted that President Zelensky publicly declare the beginning of investigations into Biden’s activities and interference in the 2016 election and that President Zelensky himself should want to do so. According to Morrison, he told Bolton and the national security Council lawyers about this phone conversation between Trump and Sondland.”
After Bolton was forced to leave the post of national security adviser, Morrison said that he tried to stop the interference of the President’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani in diplomatic interaction with Ukraine. According to an anonymous source, Morrison also said that with the appointment of a new adviser, Robert O’Brien, his future work on the National Security Council was in “standby mode.”