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Adam Schiff Announces First Public Hearing in Impeachment Inquiry

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced on Nov. 6 that the House Intelligence Committee will hold the first public impeachment inquiry hearing on Nov. 13.

Amid pressure from Republicans to open up secretive impeachment proceedings, House Democrats passed a resolution last week calling on Schiff to hold open hearings. All of the hearings in the Democrat-led inquiry have so far taken place behind closed doors. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the closed-door hearings would continue as long as theyre “productive.”

“Those open 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 to learn firsthand about the facts of the presidents misconduct,” Schiff said without providing evidence of the alleged misconduct or specifying which laws have been violated.

Ambassador William Taylor, a diplomat to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary for European affairs, will testify on Nov. 13 and Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will testify on Nov. 15, Schiff said.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, second from right, arrives to appear before a joint House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform for a deposition on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, arrives on Capitol Hill, Oct. 11, 2019, in Washington to testify before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats launched the inquiry based on an anonymous whistleblower complaint about Trumps July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump asked Zelensky to “look into” whether a server tied to cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike was in Ukraine.

The Democratic National Committee hired Crowdstrike in 2016 to probe a breach of its servers. The firm concluded Russians hacked into the network, a finding confirmed by the FBI. The charges against the Russian hackers remain alleged.

Trump also asked Zelensky to “look into” the Ukrainian business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Joe Biden in 2016 threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine unless the countrys top officials ousted Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was probing UkraRead More – Source

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