President Donald Trump's aides explored the transfer of some impeachment witnesses loaned to the White House from other agencies, such as Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, back to their local departments early, according to people familiar with the talks.
As public hearings bring the authorities' allegations to his television screen, Trump asks again how witnesses like Vindman and Ambassador Bill Taylor came to work for him, people familiar with the matter said. He again suggested that they be dismissed, even though the counselors warn him to dismiss them as retaliation.
The possible move of officials out of the White House could still be seen by some as evidence of retribution for their testimony.
Trump's frustration with his own officials comes as he attacks witnesses on Twitter, including during Friday's public hearing with deposed ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.