What You Need to Know About the First Public Impeachment Hearing

Donald Trump has called the impeachment hearings a Democrat

Donald Trump has called the impeachment hearings a Democrat"witch hunt Credit Reuters

"There are few actions as consequential as the impeachment of a president", said House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, the California congressman overseeing the historic inquiry in the Democratic-controlled House.

McClatchy Newspapers: "Trump readies for public phase of impeachment inquiry with new hires, Hill meetings" - "In a quest to streamline its messaging on a fast-moving Democratic impeachment inquiry, the White House has hired two top communications specialists to lead their public response and is sending aides to Republican strategy meetings on Capitol Hill".

Democrats have scheduled another hearing for Friday with former US ambassador to Ukraine Maria Yovanovitch and three more hearings next week with a variety of witnesses.

Lawmakers leading the probe released transcripts of closed-door testimony last week showing that Taylor believed a White House-led effort to pressure Kiev to investigate Ukrainian energy company Burisma was motivated by a desire to help Trump win re-election next year. He will testify Wednesday. Eastern time when Democrats call two key diplomats in the Ukraine matter to testify: William Taylor, the top US official in Ukraine, and George Kent, a State Department official.

Taylor and Kent were testifying together because "they both were witness to the full storyline of the president's misconduct", an official working on the impeachment inquiry said.

For today's hearings, lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from William Taylor, an ambassador and chargé d'affaires for Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is 'very prayerful - it's bad - we're actually sad today that our country has come to a place where the President doesn't understand that Article II [of the U.S. Constitution] does not say that he can do whatever he wants, that he is not above the law, and that he will be held accountable'. "S. elections. It was also clear that this condition was driven by the irregular policy channel I had come to understand was guided Mr. Giuliani", he said in his opening statement at his deposition.

"He was engaged in to see if there was a statement that the government of Ukraine would make that would somehow disavow any interference in USA elections and would commit to the prosecution of any individuals involved in election interference".

Mr Taylor said he became aware that a hold on the security aid was contingent to Ukraine opening the investigations.

Kent is now the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State overseeing European and Eurasian affairs.

Levin claimed the partisanship shown by congressional Democrats during the impeachment process has been unprecedented and should be looked at with disbelief.

Taylor added that there are two divergent diplomatic policies in Ukraine - one official and one one run by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. According to the transcript of his deposition, Kent said that he was warned by his superiors to "keep my head down and lower my profile in Ukraine".

Democrats are seeking to prove that Trump sought to corruptly pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation into the family of his 2020 rival Joe Biden, by withholding military aid to the country. He also said it did not touch on the substance of the July 25 presidential phone call.

Mr Kent told investigators there were three things Trump wanted of Ukraine: "Investigations, Biden, Clinton".

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Schiff also ripped Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, saying he pushed for investigations into the Bidens, and argued that it was Ukraine and not Russian Federation that meddled in the 2016 election, and played a key role in the ouster of the United States ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. The committee announced late Tuesday that Sondland was expected to testify in a public hearing next Wednesday, November 20.

Known as Masha, Yovanovitch testified on October 11 that she was told that people were "looking to hurt" her.

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