Trump Impeachment Hearings Have Begun

The public is finally getting to sit in on the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday at 10 a.m., House Democrats called their first two witnesses—US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary at the State Department—before the House Intelligence Committee.

Both Taylor and Kent are appearing before the committee at the same time.

As USA Today notes, both Taylor and Kent have testified in previous closed-door testimonies about the Trump administration’s alleged dealings with Ukraine, including that he sought information on his political rival Joe Biden, supposedly in an effort to gain more traction for the 2020 elections.

House Democrats are looking for answers as to whether Trump used Ukraine’s vulnerability to Russian invasion against them. Those close to the investigation claim that Trump held military aid above the newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky—in exchange for investigations into the Bidens.

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Trump has routinely denied that there was any “quid pro quo; however, as Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) noted during the opening of the hearing, testimony from witnesses surrounding these questions, “will affect not only the future of this presidency, but the future of the presidency itself, and what kind of conduct or misconduct the American people may come to expect from their Commander-in-Chief.”


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