Public hearings in probe start next week
House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, the Democrat leading the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, has announced the first public hearings in the investigation
The first open impeachment hearings into US President Donald Trump will begin next week, the congressman leading the probe said Wednesday, as the investigation heads into a highly anticipated public phase.
William Taylor, Washington's top diplomat to Ukraine, and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent are scheduled to testify next Wednesday.
People will be able to see "the degree to which the president enlisted whole departments of government in the illicit aim of trying to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent," said House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff.
In a closed-door deposition, Taylor bolstered the principal accusation against Trump-that the president abused his office by withholding military aid to blackmail Kiev into launching investigations that could help him politically.
Kent, who heads the European and Eurasian bureau at the State Department, expressed concerns about White House efforts to remove the then-ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.