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Trump signals release of 2nd transcript, as GOP push for whistleblower, Biden's son to testify

U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that the White House would probably release a transcript of a second call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.

"We have another transcript coming out, which is very important," Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before leaving for a visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala.. "I will give you a second transcript, because I had two calls with the president of Ukraine."

Democratic-led House committees are trying to determine whether the Republican president violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family and to investigate the country's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Also Saturday, House Republicans came forward with a list of witnesses they want the House Intelligence Committee to hear from during the public hearings, set to start this coming week.

Most prominent among them: the anonymous whistleblower and former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden's son, Hunter. Majority Democrats are unlikely to approve the list as delivered. They've fought back Republican attempts to expose the identity of the whistleblower, whose complaint is at the heart of the impeachment effort.

Republicans are seeking testimony from eight specific witnesses as well from all officials, so far anonymous, who helped the whistleblower prepare the complaint.

U.S. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said three State Department witnesses will appear on Wednesday and Friday: the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor; career department official George Kent; and Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

Yovanovitch was ousted in May on Trump's orders and Taylor replaced her; both have testified about their concerns with the administration's policy on Ukraine. The committee also must consider whether to summon the witnesses sought by Republicans, who call the impeachment process a sham.

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