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next on kron-4 news at five: breaking news in the east bay -- where a passenger has been stabbed to death on a bart train. what police are revealing about an altercation that turned deadly. plus. p-g-and-e scales back power shutoffs in the bay area... the counties no longer on the list... and where people can still expect to lose power. i'm grant lodes i'm vicki liviakis. next on kron-4 news at five: breaking news in the east bay -- where a passenger has been stabbed to death on a bart train. what police are revealing about an altercation that turned deadly. plus. p-g-and-e scales back power shutoffs in the bay area... the counties no longer on the list... and where people can still expect to lose power. i'm grant lodes i'm vicki liviakis. the news -- at five -- is next. (grant) (grant) breaking news at five in the east bay.. news at five in morning... power shutoffs are expected to begin in about an hour for thousands of pg&e customers in the north bay. more than 51-thousand customers in parts of sonoma, napa, and solono counties will be impacted. yesterday ... the power shutoffs were canceled in other bay area counties. alameda, contra costa, marin, san mateo, and santa clara counties will not be affected. after the wind event is over ... pg&e expects most of its customers to have
( james )(áááscandoááá) make sure to visit our website kron4.com. you can find the latest on the pg&e power shutoffs and a map of the areas that could be impacted. that's all on kron4.com. ( darya ) that breaking news is out of washington d-c. another day of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry is underway this morning.( james ) this is a live look in on the hearing room. we are awaiting testimony from possibly átheá key figure in this whole investigation... ambassador gordan sondland. he will be the only witness in this
morning's testimony. this afternoon we will hear from afternoon we will hear from the deputy secretary of defense --- laura cooper. and david hale... the undersecretary of state for polical affairs.( darya ) (áboxesá) our washington d- c correspondent kellie meyer joins us live with who else is expected to testify today. kellie? ( kellie )< it's being called one of the most anticipated hearings of the week. ambassador gordon sondland will appear in front of the house intelligence committee. a witness that could have the most detailed insight yet into president trumps' dealings with ukraine. > gordon sondland is in the hot seat. the ambassador to the
european union will face a round of questioning about his phone call with president trump the day áafter the president spoke to the ukrainian president. bill taylor, the ambassador to the ukraine, testified last week about that call. < take sot: bill taylor, acting us ambassador to ukraine >"a member of my staff could hear president trump on the phone asking ambassador sondland about the investigations." taylor said sondland told a member of his staff that president trump "cares more about the investigations of biden then of ukraine." sondland already changed his closed door testimony, saying he quote "refreshed his recollection about conversations involving the suspension of us aid." < transition >in a second wednesday session, lawmakers will hear from laura cooper and david hale. cooper is the deputy assistant secretary of defense for russia, ukraine and eurasia and is responsible for overseeing the us military aid to ukraine.david hale is the under secretary of state for political affairs.as the third highest ranked official at the state department, hale testifed about the white house efforts to remove marie yovanovitch as us ambassador to ukraine. < david holmes, to ukraine. us ambassador yovanovitch as us ambassador to ukraine.
< david holmes, the member of taylors' staff that overheard the call between sondland and the president is set to testify on thursday. > (áboxesá) thanks kellie. ( james ) and we will be streaming the hearings live from start to finish on our kron on app. you can watch the hearings uninterrupted. all you have to do is go to the app store to download the app. breaking news we are following out of the south bay... one man is dead after a hit-and-run accident in san jose. kron 4's will tran is on the scene with the latest. wil? thanks will. thanks will.
( james ) still ahead on the kron 4 morning news... a local civil rights attorney is reacting after the decision to not file charges against men arrested in the deadly orinda shooting. ( james ) plus... one man is dead.. another in custody after a stabbing on a bart train. latest details on the investigation. (james) and then.. more delays related to bart - why officials say the opening of the extension to san jose - has to wait a little longer. i'm ládeia, and there's more to me than hiv. there's my career... my cause... and creating my dream home. i'm a work in progress. so much goes into who i am. hiv medicine is one part of it. prescription dovato is for adults who are starting hiv-1 treatment and who aren't resistant to either
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( james ) four of the five suspects arrested in connection with the orinda halloween massacre are free... after the contra costa county district attorney determined there was not enough evidence for them to file charges. the question now ---- is how could something like this happen? kron 4's dan kerman talked with a legal expert to get reaction.. legal experts say the decision by the contra costa county da not to charge the suspects the sheriff arrested for the orinda halloween massacre is unusual and shows unlike most, these two law enforcement agencies are not working togethersot paula canny/criminal defense lawyer :15the da is going to argue they arrested to fast and the law enforcement the sheriff is saying the das office should have charged themcriminal defense lawyer paula canny says its likely the da doesn't want to start the legal clock because there's still plenty of evidence that has not been processedsotthere were a lot of shots fired and have to match up what gun fired the bullet that killed the victim and who was holding the gun that killed the victim and thats time consumingthe sheriff has said two of the murders victims were rival gang members and both had
guns.. canny says that raises the issue of self defensesot what if the people who were the decedents were the ones who started the fight and the others were acting in self defense, thats what the analysis has to be just because bad things happen doesnt mean that the case needs to be chargedthe da's office has made it clear they are not filing charges now, but have left the door open to do it later. canny sayssoti think it does hurt the case it makes it look sloppy on each entities part.standup dan kerman /orinda 1:44as i mentioned 4 of the 5 suspect are now out of jail, the 5th lebraun wallace remains behind bars on a probation violation. in orinda, dan kerman kron 4 news.
( james ) there are now questions over why the four men were arrested in the first place. civil rights attorney john burris represents some of the families of victims in the halloween night shooting. he says -- the charges may be dropped but -- the potential for lasting damage for their personal lives has already been done
them, accuse them of these crimes and then haul them off to jail and no matter what they do in life there will be somebody who will remember that in fact they were arrested for this outrageous crime. well, you put a stamp on these individuals lives that they will never be able to recover from"> ( james ) burris says this is another consideration. the emotional toll put on the families of the victims, three of whom he now represents, that were hoping to find closure only to be disappointed. (darya) coming up on the kron4 morning news... the community of paradise is celebrating a major milestone... as the town continues to move forward after the dealidest wildfire in california's history.
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together, public, private, non government, the community wrapping around together to accomplish this task."the clean up marking another step toward recovery for the town destroyed in last year's deadly camp fire.with clear land...town officials say 300 homes are now under construction.((danielle nuzum- butte county public health)) "helping everybody that has been affected by the camp fire, look forward to the future."emergency management leaders say the next step here is to remove charred and dead trees from the area, that work set to begin in january and will take severalmonths. tag. months. tag.severalwill take severalmonths. tag. i'm live in the north bay ahead of the latest round of power shutoffs. i'll let you know what counties will be affected and for how long.
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support a strong united peaceful europe. strengthening our ties with europe serves both american and european goals. as we together promote political stability and economic prosperity around the world. few americans have heard my name before these events so. my substantive testimony. please let me share some of my personal background. my parents fled europe during the holocaust. escaping the atrocities of that time. my parents left germany for a while. in 1953 migrated to seattle washington. where i was born and raised. like so many immigrants, my family was eager for freedom and hungry for opportunity. they raised my sister and me to be humble.
and i am forever grateful for the sacrifices they made. public service has always been important to me. as a lifelong republican. i have contributed to initiatives of both republican and democratic administrations. in 2003. i served as a member of the transition team. for oregon democratic governor ted kulongoski. governor kulongoski also appointed me to serve and various statewide boards. in 2007 president george w bush appointed me as a member of the commission white house fellows. i worked with president bush on charitable events for his foundation's military service initiative. and i also worked briefly with former vice president joe biden's office in connection with the vice presidents nationwide answer
anticancer initiative. at a local northwest hospital. in my public life came when president trump asked me to serve as the united states ambassador to the european union. the senate confirmed me as an ambassador on a bipartisan voice vote and i assume the role in brussels. on july 9th. 2018. although today is my first public testimony on the ukraine matters. this is not my first time cooperating with this committee. i've already provided 10 hours of deposition testimony. and i did so. despite directives from the white house and the state department that i refuse to appear as many others have done. i agreed to testify because i respect. the gravity of the moment and i believe i have an obligation to account
fully for my role in these events. but i also must acknowledge that this process has been challenging. and in many respects. state department emails. and many many other state department documents. and i was told i could not work with my the eu staff to pull together. to the state department materials would have been very helpful to me and trying to reconstruct. with whom i spoke unmet and when and what was said. i've had hundreds of meetings and calls with individuals. but i'm not a note taker. that i speak with heads of state. senior government officials members
of the cabinet, th president. almost each and every day. talking with foreign leaders might be memorable to some people. but this is my job i do it all the time. my lawyers and i have made multiple requests to the state department and the white house for these materials. yet these materials were not i did to me and they have also refused to share these materials with this committee. these documents are not classified. and in fairness. and in fairness should have been made available. in the absence of these materials, my memory admittedly has not been perfect. process of allowing me to read the state department records and other materials would have made this process far more transparent. i don't intend to repeat my prior opening statement or
attempt to summer. a few critical points have been obscured by noise over the last few days and weeks. and i'm worried that the bigger picture, it's being ignored. so let me make a few key points. with mister rudy giuliani on ukraine matter. at the express direction of the president of the united states. want to work with mister giuliani. we were playing the hand we were dealt. we all understood. that if we refuse to work with mister giuliani. we would lose a very important opportunity to cement relations between the united states and ukraine.
so we followed the president's orders. although we disagreed with the need to involve mister giuliani. at the time we did not believe that his role was improper. as i previously testified if i had known of all of mister giuliani's dealings or his associations with individuals. some of whom are now under criminal indictment. i personally would not have acquiesced to his participation. given what we knew at the time. what we were asked to do did not appear to be wrong. precisely. because we did not think that we were engaging in improper behavior. we made every effnrt to ensure. that the relevant decision makers at the national security council and
the state department, new the important details of our effort. the suggestion that we were engaged in some irregular. robot diplomacy is absolutely false. i have now identified certain state department emails and messages. brainiest support from i view. these e-mails show that the leadership of the state department. the national security council and the white house were all informed about the ukraine efforts. for may 23th 2019. until the security aid was released. on september 11th 2000. i will quote from some of those messages. as i testified previously. mister
giuliani's requests were a quid pro quo. arranging a white house visit for president zelensky. mister giuliani demanded that ukraine make a public statement announcing the investigations of the 2016 election. dnc server. mister giuliani was expressing the desires of the president of the united states. and we knew these investigations were important to the president. august of 2019. had also suspended security aid to ukraine. lee opposed to any suspension of aid. those to any suspension of aid as the ukrainians needed those funds to fight against russian aggression. i
tried diligently to ask why the aid was suspended. but i never received a clear answer. still haven't to this day. in the absence of any credible explanation for the suspension of aid. later came to believe. that the resumption of security aid would not occur. until there was a public statement from ukraine committing to the investigations of the 2016 elections. and for reese not as mister giuliani, a demand. i shared concerns of the potential quid pro quo regarding the security aid with senator ron johnson. and i also shared my concerns. i was acting in good faith. i was acting in good faith. as a
presidential appointee i followed the directions of the president. mister giuliani because the president directed us to do so. we had no desire to set any conditions. we had no desire to set any conditions on the ukrainians indeed my own personal view which i shared repeatedly with others was that the white house and security security assistance should have preceded. without preconditions of any kind. to overcome the problems given the facts as they existed. our only interest. was to advance longstanding us policy and to support ukraine's fragile democracy. now let me provide additional details specifically about ukraine and my involvement. my very first
days as ambassador to the eu which was starting back in july of 2018. ukraine has featured prom utley in my broader portfolio. ukraine's political and economic development are critical to the longstanding and long lasting stability of europe. in eastern ukraine and crimea remains one of the most significant security crisis for europe and the united states. our efforts to counter balance and aggressive russia depend in substantial part. on a strong ukraine. on 4/21/2019. vladimir's lenski was elected president of ukraine and hit in the head in an historic election. with the express support of secretary pompeo. i attended president
zelensky's inauguration on may 20th as part of the us delegation, which was led by. energy secretary rick perry. the us delegation also included senator johnson. ukraine special envoy volcker lieutenant colonel alex been the national security council. my president zelensky's inauguration was not my first involvement with ukraine. as i testified previously just 4 days after assuming my post as ambassador in july of 2018. i received an official delegation from the government of then ukraine president petro poroshenko. the meeting took place at the us mission in brussels and was prearranged by my career eu mission staff. and i've had several meetings since then in brussels. of 2019. that well
with us ambassador maria van of itch and making my first official visit to ukraine for a us navy visit to the strategic black sea port of odessa. the reason i raise these prior ukraine activities the meetings in brussels my visit to odessa is to emphasize ukraine has been a part of my portfolio for my very first days as the us ambassador. any claim that i somehow. muscled my way into the ukraine relationship is simply false. during lansky inauguration on may 20th. the us delegation. developed a very positive view of the ukraine government. pressed by president zelensky's desire to promote a stronger relationship with the united states. we admired his commitment to reform and we
were excited about the possibility of ukraine making the changes necessary to support a greater western economic investment. we were excited that ukraine might after years and years of lip service. finally get serious about addressing its own well known corruption prop. with that enthusiasm. we return to the white house on may 23th to brief president trump. we advise the president of the strategic importance of ukraine. and the value of strengthening the relationship with president zelensky. to support this reform or we asked the white house for 2 things. a working phone call between presidents trump and zelensky and second a working oval office visit. both were vital to cementing the u s ukraine relationship.
demonstrating support for ukraine in the face of russian aggression. and advancing broader us foreign policy interests. unfortunately president trump was skeptical. he expressed concerns that the ukrainian government was not serious about reform and he even mentioned. that ukraine tried to take him down in the last election. in that meeting to change his views. president trump directed us to quote talk with rudi. we understood that talk with rudi meant talk with mister rudy giuliani. the president's personal lawyer. let me say again. we weren't happy with the president's directive to talk with rudi. we did not want to involve mister giuliani. i believed then as i do now. that the men and women of the state
department not the president's personal lawyer should take responsibility for ukraine matters. based on the president's direction. we are faced with a choice. we could abandon the efforts to schedule the white house phone call and a white house visit. residents trump and zelensky. which was unquestionably in our foreign policy interest or. we could do as president trump. we chose the latter course. because it was the only constructive path open to us. over the course of the next. acid or volcket and i. we're in communication with mister giuliani. secretary perry volunteered to make the initial calls with mister giuliani given their prior relationship. ambassador
volker made several of the early calls and generally informed us of what was discussed. i first communicated with mister giuliani in early august several months later. mister giuliani emphasized the president wanted a public statement from lenski committing ukraine to look into the corruption issues. mister giuliani ssecifically mention the 2016 election. including the dnc server and very smart as 2 topics of importance to the president. we kept the leadership. of the state department and the nsc informed of our activities. and that included communications with secretary of state pompeo. his executive secretary lisa kenna. and also
communications with ambassador bolton. they knew what we were doing. on 7/10/2019. senior ukrainian national security officials met with ambassador bolton. ambassador volker. and several others in washington d c. during that meeting we all discuss the import. the 2 action items identified earlier. a working phone call. a white house meeting between presidents trump and zelensky. the july 10th meeting was a positive step toward accomplishing our shared goals. while i'm now aware of that counts of the meeting.
their recollections of those events simply don't square with my own. with those of the bass under volcker our secretary perry. i recall mentioning the prerequisite of investigations before any white house call or meeting. but i do not recall any yelling or screaming or up. the nation's as as others have said. outside on the white house lawn. those recollections of protests do not square with the documentary record of our interactions with the nsc in the days and weeks that followed. we kept the nsc apprised of our efforts including specifically our efforts to secure a public statement from the ukrainians. that would satisfy president
trump's concerns. on july 13th. and this is 3 days after that july 10th meeting. i emailed tim morrison. he had just taken over doctor hills post as the nsc eurasia director. and i met him that day for the first time. i wrote to mister morrison with these words. the call between solecki and potus president of the united states should happen before 7.21. which is the parliamentary elections in ukraine. purpose is for solecki to give potus assurances of new sheriff in town. corruption ending unbundling moving forward. and i emphasize any hampered investigations will be allowed to move forward transparent. the goal is for potus to invite him to oval. mr.
morrison acknowledged in said, thank you and specifically noted that he was tracking. these issues. there was no secret regarding moving forward and the discussion of investigations. i've reviewed other state department documents some of which are not currently in the public domain. detailing mister giuliani's effort. the very same day. ambassador volker secretary perry and i were meeting. with the ukraine officials in washington. received a communication. that mister giuliani was still talking with ukrainian prosecutor. yuriy lutsenko. with ambassador volker an eye.
ambassador taylor wrote to us as follows. just had a meeting with andre and the referring to ukraine foreign minister vadym prystaiko. very concerned about what lutsenko told them. according to our g rudy giuliani there's a lenski potus meeting will not happen. volker responded. tell the dean to let the official us government representatives speak for the u s lutsenko has his own self interest here. that he had communicated that message to the ukrainians and he added. i briefed all rick this afternoon on. referring to state department counselor. rick brechbuhl. 3 things are
critical about this what's appexchange. first while the ukrainians were in washington at the white house. mister giuliani was communicating with ukrainians without our knowledge. mister giuliani was communicating with the reportedly corrupt ukrainian prosecutor lutsenko and discussing whether is a lenski trump meeting was going to happen. their brief all rick brechbuhl who is the counselor to secretary of state pompeo. and even as late as september 24th of this year. secretary pompeo. was directing kurt volker to speak with mister giuliani. kurt volker told me in part. spoke with rudy per guidance from us says the
state department's officpal designated for the secretary. spoke with rudy her guidance from. we tried our best to fix the problem. while keeping the state department and the nsc closely apprised of the challenges we faced. on july 25th presidents trump and zelenskiy had their official call. i was not on the call and i don't think i was invited to be on the call. i first read the transcript on september 25th the day it was publicly released. was that the collagen. ambassador volker. ever received a detailed readout of that. with the biden references. people
who say they had concerns about the call. but no one shared any concerns about the call with me at the time which frankly would have been very helpful to now. on july 26th ambassador taylor ambassador volker and i were all in kiev to meet with president zelensky. immediately after the call between president trump and zelensky was entirely entirely coincidental. the key of meetings have been scheduled well before that date that the white house finally fix the call. marquis of meeting i do not recall. president zelenskyy discussing the substance of his july 25th call with president trump. nor did he discuss any request to investigate vice president biden which we all later learned. and this is
consistent with the reported comments from ambassadors volker in taylor. after this lenski meeting i also met with zelensky senior aide andre, your mac. i don't recall the specifics of our conversation but i believe the issue of investigations was per probably a part of that agenda are meeting. on july 26 shortly after he had meetings. i spoke by phone with president trump. the white house which is finally finally shared certain recall date some time. i was at a restaurant in kiev. i have no reason to doubt that this conversation included the subject of investigations again given mister giuliani's demand the lenski make a public statement about investigations. i knew that investigations were important to president trump.