Trump urges Republicans to attack ‘substance’ of impeachment inquiry – live

President criticizes investigation as diplomat Catherine Croft to testify she heard Trump ‘describe Ukraine as a corrupt country’

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3.19pm GMT

John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state who has been nominated to become the next US ambassador to Russia, affirmed Maria Yovanovitch’s account of her removal as ambassador to Ukraine.

Yovanovitch testified to impeachment investigators earlier this month that Sullivan told her she was being recalled early, even though she had “done nothing wrong.” During his confirmation hearing this morning, Sullivan verified those details.

In repsonse to Kaine, SULLIVAN says he’s only seen the public version of the Trump-Zelensky call transcript.He also affirms that he told Yovanovitch she had done nothing wrong, despite her removal.

3.14pm GMT

The senate confirmation hearing for John Sullivan, deputy secretary of state and nominee to be the next ambassador to Moscow, is underway and Ukraine and impeachment have quickly come to centre stage.

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