A top US diplomat has revealed that President Donald Trump directly asked about a Ukrainian investigation into his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
The acting ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor told an impeachment inquiry that a member of his staff was told Trump was keen to push for the probe.
Trump says he does not recall making the remark. He denies any wrongdoing and calls the inquiry a “witch-hunt”.
He is accused of withholding US military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the country’s new president to publicly announce a corruption inquiry into Biden.
The impeachment inquiry has been going on for more than a month but all previous hearings were private, with reports based on leaks and sources speaking to the media.
Wednesday’s public hearings were the first time the public heard from witnesses directly and a chance for Democrats and Republicans to win over voters.