Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump impeachment inquiry: Public hearing schedule

Trump impeachment inquiry: Public hearing schedule

The whistleblower complaint expressing concern about the call has been the impetus for an ongoing impeachment inquiry.

House investigators expect to hear Thursday from the first person from Vice President Pence's staff to give testimony in the impeachment probe.

Democrats are investigating President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would initiate a formal impeachment against Trump based on the call, charging him with betraying his oath of office and the nation's security by seeking to enlist a foreign leader to tarnish a political rival for personal gain.

The impeachment inquiry is centred on a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in which the USA president asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also a frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, and his son, Hunter, who had served on the border of a Ukrainian gas company.

According to a Trump administration official, Williams was on the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky.

They are trying to determine whether Trump froze $391 million in US security assistance for Ukraine to put pressure on Zelenskiy to conduct the investigation, misusing USA foreign policy for his personal gain.

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The hearings "will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses, but also learn first-hand about the facts of the president's misconduct", Schiff added.

A U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee official said on Thursday that Bolton has threatened to take the committee to court if it subpoenas him. He's relayed in private his understanding that there was a quid pro quo, with Trump holding up military aid to Ukraine as the US ally faced threats from neighboring Russian Federation.

First to testify will be William Taylor, the current top diplomat in Ukraine.

Setting the stage for the public hearings, lawmakers have been making public transcripts of the closed-door depositions.

Trump is so anxious about the upcoming testimony that he barked at Pompeo for hiring Taylor in the first place, a rare rebuke for one of Trump's preferred secretaries.

Senate Republicans have so far shown little appetite for ousting the president.

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