Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

The Impeachment Inquiry Public Hearings: What To Expect

The Impeachment Inquiry Public Hearings: What To Expect

Some have stated their belief there was a quid pro quo, with the Trump administration requiring the Ukrainian government to open investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in exchange for U.S. military assistance.

Schiff, a Democrat from California, responded to the letter later Saturday with his own two-page letter.

Williams' testimony joins the ranks of other government officials who have given closed-door testimonies following a whistleblower complaint about Trump's July 25 call with Zelensky. The whistle-blower's testimony is therefore redundant and unnecessary.

Clinton, he explained, was "shorthand" for the 2016 US presidential campaign.

"He said, 'The president'".

Investigators are trying to determine whether Trump made the release of the aid contingent on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky agreeing to launch an investigation of Joe Biden, one of Trump's main Democratic rivals as he runs for re-election in 2020.

Republican Jim Himes said on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" what the public will hear is "immensely patriotic, lovely articulated - articulate people telling the story of a president who - let's forget quid pro quo; quid pro quo is one of these things to muddy the works - who extorted a vulnerable country by holding up military aid".

Bolton, meanwhile, had been summoned to talk with impeachment investigators but declined and isn't expected to comply.

Trump insisted earlier Friday he has not been damaged by testimony, and he and fellow Republicans complain the witnesses generally are relying on secondhand accounts of central events.

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Investigators in the inquiry on Friday released hundreds of pages of testimony from Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia adviser, and Lt.


Hill said Bolton described Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, as "a hand grenade that is going to blow everybody up". "I am writing to respectfully request that you counsel your client on the legal and ethical peril in which he is placing himself should anyone be physically harmed as a result of his, or his surrogates', behavior", Bakaj wrote.

For those watching television Wednesday afternoon, the president is offering some counterprogramming to the impeachment inquiry's public hearing: a joint news conference with Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid strains in relations between the two nations.

Nunes, who served as chairman of the committee until the Democrats regained control of the House in the 2018 midterm, election, had written: "The minority members must identify all potential witnesses we wish to call before knowing the number, topics or scope of hearings you intend to convene".

The lawsuit was originally filed late last month by Charles Kupperman, a former top national security aide to Trump, who said he faced conflicting orders from House Democrats and the White House over whether he must participate in the investigation and needed the court to tell him what his constitutional duty was. He repeated his assertion that the impeachment inquiry is a "witch hunt".

Democrats have invited three diplomats who have previously testified behind closed doors to recount what they knew or heard about Trump and Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine.

The whistle-blower complaint letter was submitted to Intelligence Inspector General Michael Atkinson. They included Lindsey Graham, a friend of Mr Trump, who called it a "sham". He has urged the public to read the transcript of that call that was released by the White House in September.

That's according to the transcript, introduced Thursday, of an impeachment inquiry interview with vocation Condition Section formal George Kent.

In discussing the upcoming hearings with MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin this weekend, Del Percio predicted that Republicans will have a hard time attempting to discredit the witnesses because they're all very "accomplished" and credible.

Schiff said three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings Wednesday and Friday: the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, career department official George Kent, and Marie Yovanovitch, the former USA ambassador to Ukraine.

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