In his prepared opening remarks to lawmakers, which was obtained by Newsweek Friday, Kurt Volker stated he was concerned about a negative Ukraine narrative that was forming and tainting Trump's view of the newly-elected foreign leader.
"In light of heightened interest in the [U.S. aid to Ukraine], I write to request your assistance and cooperation in...preserving...documents and other records regarding the [aid] and in responding to anticipated requests for such materials."
The campaign of Jaime Harrison announced that the first-time Senate candidate "brought in more quarterly money than any other South Carolina Democratic Senate challenger in history."
The National Republican Congressional Committee made clear they believe that, based on their internal poll results, impeachment proceedings are a losing campaign topic for House Democrats.
Veteran Washington lawmakers are receding into their partisan corners, determined to convince the American people why now—and not decades ago—they're right about whether a sitting president might need to be removed from office.
"That was an article of impeachment against Richard Nixon," said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected," said GOP Senator Chuck Grassley, indirectly rebuking claims made by President Donald Trump and his allies.
"What would really 'suck' is if we don't fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy," the 2020 hopeful said.
The survey showed a 20-point swing from less than a week ago, showing that voters are split on whether they believe Trump "should be impeached and removed from office" as the president's personal attorney is subpoenaed.
The chances that McConnell may soon have to face that reality have become increasingly likely, as House Democrats are surging forward with their newly launched impeachment proceedings amid news that Trump pressured a foreign leader to investigate a political foe.
Amash, once a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, left the Republican Party in July and became an Independent after becoming the first and only member of his party to call for Trump's impeachment based on evidence from the Mueller report.
The president in recent days, by way of tweet storms and press conferences, has relentlessly bashed the Ukraine whistleblower and denied any wrongdoing during a phone call in which he pressured a foreign leader to investigate a political opponent.
The lawmakers said that after recent revelations from a whistleblower complaint detailing Trump's call with the Ukrainian president, where he asked the foreign leader to investigate a political opponent, they now backed impeachment proceedings.
"Looks like Mrs. Cunningham likes a man who supports baseless impeachment...wonder if this will come up in @RepCunningham's marriage counseling? the NRCC wrote in a tweet.
Most of the 11 holdouts are what's known as Frontline Democrats: freshmen members from swing districts who likely flipped a Trump district and were vital to the party retaking the House last year.
"In place of this recess, we urge you to begin an aggressive hearing schedule, swiftly draft articles of impeachment, and vote to impeach Trump this fall," the progressive organizations wrote to House Democrats.
"It is shocking at another level that the White House would release these notes and felt that somehow this would help the president's case or cause because what those notes reflect is a classic mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader," said Rep. Adam Schiff.
Several Democrats, including two committee chairmen, conceded that Pelosi's announcement would do little—if anything—to alter their current congressional probes.
"I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," the House speaker said.
As of Tuesday, a majority of the 44 Frontline Democrats—a group of mostly freshmen who are viewed by the party as the most susceptible to losing their seats in 2020—supported impeachment proceedings.
President Donald Trump should "tell us as much as he can, without compromising executive privilege, so that we can understand what happened," the South Carolina Republican told a conservative radio host.
The surge comes as senior Democrats are ratcheting up their rhetoric when responding to the latest allegations that Trump pressed the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son.
"Based on the hierarchy of what's impacting minority Americans, if I had to make a list of 100 things, white nationalism would not make the list," the black conservative commentator told lawmakers.
"As painful as that might be, to have that increased oversight for the VA or any federal agency, they should be begging for it, if it means making that a better agency—especially what serves our nation's veterans," said Florida GOP Rep. Brian Mast.
The director of national intelligence refused to disclose information to lawmakers on Thursday about a whistleblower complaint reportedly filed against an alleged promise made by Trump to an unknown foreign leader.
If Democrats hope to succeed in their plan someday becoming law, they must navigate the criticism and address the concerns levied by Republicans, Trump and even some of their own members about how to address raising drug prices.
"The fact of the matter is that I've always—and you'll know this—been more enthusiastic about costumes than is sometimes appropriate," the Canadian prime minister told reporters.
"I don't think it's disrupting or a threat to party unity to ask us to uphold our values, what's in our charter, what's in our platform," the freshman progressive told Newsweek.
"If I was going to the new national security adviser—and I won't be, I'm glad it's General Flynn who has that job and not me," Robert O'Brien said in 2016.
Throughout the hours-long hearing, Democratic members accused the former Trump campaign manager of "aiding" Trump in obstructing congressional oversight.