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These are the key players you need to know to make sense of the Trump impeachment inquiry

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  President 
    Donald Trump is at the center of an impeachment inquiry
    over his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to
    investigate his political rival, and possibly using military
    aid as a bargaining chip.
  
  A whistleblower complaint filed against Trump in August
  claimed the president was "using the power of his office to
  solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S.
  election" in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president
  Volodymyr Zelensky. 
  
  Trump had ordered his administration to
    withhold a nearly $400 million military-aid package to
    Ukraine days before the phone call.
  
  The White House's notes of the call do not
    show Trump bringing up military aid explicitly, but they
    confirm Trump brought up how the US does "a lot for Ukraine"
    right before asking Zelensky to do him a "favor, though" by
    investigating Biden and discrediting the former special counsel
    Robert Mueller's Russia probe.
  
  And last week, Trump admitted to reporters that he pressured
  another foreign leader - Chinese president Xi Jinping - to also
  investigate Hunter Biden's business dealings in China.
  
  On Sunday, the attorneys representing the original
  intelligence whistleblower announced they are now representing
  "multiple" whistleblowers with knowledge of Trump's conduct with
  Ukraine. 
  
  Scroll down to read more about all the major players in the
  Trump-Ukraine scandal.
  
  
    
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  President 
  Donald Trump is at the center of an impeachment inquiry over
  his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate
  his political rival, and possibly using military aid as a
  bargaining chip.

  An explosive whistleblower complaint filed by an anonymous
  intelligence community official in August claimed Trump was
  "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a
  foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election" in a July 25 phone
  call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. 

  Trump ordered his administration to
  withhold a nearly $400 million military-aid package to
  Ukraine days before the phone call.

  While the White House's notes of the call show the US
  president made no direct mention of offering aid in exchange for
  Zelensky's assistance in probing former Vice President Joe Biden, they confirm Trump
  brought up how the US does "a lot for Ukraine" right before
  asking Zelensky to do him a "favor, though" by investigating
  Biden and discrediting the former special counsel Robert
  Mueller's Russia probe.

  
    Read more: 
  
  
    2 of Rudy Giuliani's associates who
  helped him dig up dirt on Joe Biden have been charged with
  campaign finance violations
  

  A series of text messages that were traded between Trump's
  personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, former US Special Representative
  to Ukraine Kurt Volker, US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland,
  and the US chargé d'affairs in Ukraine Bill Taylor, reveal that
  the men explicitly and repeatedly discussed the possibility that
  Trump wanted to dangle US military aid to Ukraine in exchange for
  politically beneficial investigations.

  The messages were 
  recently turned over to Congress as part of its impeachment
  inquiry. In early October, Trump doubled down and 
  publicly called on both China and Ukraine to investigate the
  Bidens.

  The impeachment inquiry is moving fast. The intelligence
  community inspector general Michael Atkinson and Volker 
  have already testified in closed-door sessions to the House
  Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs Committees. The
  panels have also 
  issued subpoenas to the White House, Giuliani, and Secretary
  of State and Mike Pompeo, among others.

  On October 6, the attorneys representing the first intelligence
  community whistleblower 
  announced they are also representing a second intelligence
  official who wants to come forward, and who has firsthand
  knowledge of Trump's alleged misconduct connected to Ukraine.
  

  Here are all the major American and Ukrainian officials in the
  Trump-Ukraine scandal:

President Donald Trump is at the center of an impeachment inquiry over his efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate his political rival, and possibly using military aid as a bargaining chip.

An explosive whistleblower complaint filed by an anonymous intelligence community official in August claimed Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election" in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Trump ordered his administration to withhold a nearly $400 million military-aid package to Ukraine days before the phone call.

While the White House's notes of the call show the US president made no direct mention of offering aid in exchange for Zelensky's assistance in probing former Vice President Joe Biden, they confirm Trump brought up how the US does "a lot for Ukraine" right before asking Zelensky to do him a "favor, though" by investigating Biden and discrediting the former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Read more: 2 of Rudy Giuliani's associates who helped him dig up dirt on Joe Biden have been charged with campaign finance violations

A series of text messages that were traded between Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, former US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker, US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, and the US chargé d'affairs in Ukraine Bill Taylor, reveal that the men explicitly and repeatedly discussed the possibility that Trump wanted to dangle US military aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically beneficial investigations.

The messages were recently turned over to Congress as part of its impeachment inquiry. In early October, Trump doubled down and publicly called on both China and Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

The impeachment inquiry is moving fast. The intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson and Volker have already testified in closed-door sessions to the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs Committees. The panels have also issued subpoenas to the White House, Giuliani, and Secretary of State and Mike Pompeo, among others.

On October 6, the attorneys representing the first intelligence community whistleblower announced they are also representing a second intelligence official who wants to come forward, and who has firsthand knowledge of Trump's alleged misconduct connected to Ukraine.

Here are all the major American and Ukrainian officials in the Trump-Ukraine scandal:
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