David Holmes, a senior political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, said Ukrainian officials “came to understand what was required” to get military assistance and a meeting with President Trump, according to newly released testimony.

Democrats on Monday released the transcripts of last week’s depositions of Holmes and David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs. They also announced that Holmes is expected to testify publicly Thursday.

Trump said earlier Monday that he will “strongly consider” testifying in writing as part of the impeachment inquiry at the outset of a week in which nine current and former officials are scheduled to publicly testify about his controversial actions regarding Ukraine.

In morning tweets, Trump said he might take up House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on a suggestion she made over the weekend. Trump also claimed that the rules of the inquiry had been “rigged” by Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.).

Democrats are seeking to prove Trump leveraged military assistance and an Oval Office meeting in exchange for investigations of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and a debunked theory concerning purported Ukrainian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking to reporters in Kentucky on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he “can’t imagine a scenario” in which his chamber would vote to remove Trump if he is impeached by the House.

●Democrats release Holmes and Hale testimony.

●Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) says whistleblower’s sources “exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed.”

●House is investigating whether Trump lied to former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, its general counsel told a federal appeals court.

●How a CIA analyst, alarmed by Trump’s shadow foreign policy, triggered an impeachment inquiry.