U.S. House Committee to Kick off Public Impeachment Hearings Next Week

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The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee will kick off a series of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump next week, the panel’s Democratic chairman said on Wednesday.

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent will testify on Nov. 13, while former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will appear on Nov. 15, Representative Adam Schiff, the committee’s chairman, said in a statement.

He said more details will be released in coming days.

All three diplomats have raised alarm bells about the release of U.S. security aid to Ukraine being made contingent on Kiev publicly declaring it would carry out politically motivated investigations that Trump, a Republican, had demanded.

Televised public hearings featuring U.S. officials testifying in Congress about alleged wrongdoing by Trump could crowd out other issues like the economy and immigration as voters turn their minds to the November 2020 election.

That might damage Trump, but some of his supporters say the impeachment drive could actually boost his re-election chances by showing him at loggerheads with Washington-based political foes.

Democrats had said they had enough material to move forward with public impeachment hearings, which would be a likely prelude to articles of impeachment – formal charges – against Trump being brought to a vote in the House.

If the House votes to approve the articles of impeachment, the Republican-controlled Senate would then hold a trial on whether to remove Trump from office.

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

(Additional reporting by Humyera Pamuk and Richard Cowan in Washington and Catarina Demony in Lisbon; Writing by Susan Heavey and Paul Simao; Editing by Andy Sullivan and Alistair Bell)

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James
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>ALWAYS Confused/Ignorant<

"I am confused. What lies?" Sez Muddled headed as usual.

Do you mean to say you're that ignorant you don't recognize your trash talk like everyone here does (except your sister Phyllis)? Don't all the DOWN votes tell you anything? Has anyone investigated the possibility of getting you a brain implant to replace all that decayed grey matter between your ears?

General Confusion
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“Keep running your lies.” Charles

I am confused. What lies?

Charles
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A televised witch hunt based on Democrat liars, just like the Kavanaugh hearing. What ever happened to the Russian collusion? Oh, another Democrat failed witch hunt.

WellHungChad
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Here’s a lesson for the SyPhyllitic affected one and the Genitally Confused One: The Constitution provides for THREE SEPARATE and EQUAL branches of government. Congressional power does NOT trump Executive power. Thus, the provision for Trump’s executive privilege. The Democrats had their chance with the Mueller fiasco and blew it. Since that investigation was under the purview of the Justice Department, which is under the direction of the President, Trump could have pulled the plug on it at any time, yet he didn’t. The Democrats had their chance; the evidence never added up, as it will NEVER add up,and now… Read more »

General Confusion
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“WHY is the WH not allowing Trump administration officials to testify?” Phyllis

This is King Donald The Loser’s way of stress-testing the system. He is trying to find out how far he can get before someone squeaks. He knows that he doesn’t have a leg to stand on, so he is getting everyone else to honor their pledges to him as a way of showing how much support he has and how much power he has, to keep Cult-45 onboard.

This is what fascists do.

Phyllis Softa
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WHY is the WH not allowing Trump administration officials to testify? Do they not believe they can or will provide exculpatory testimony?

General Confusion
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“We are suppose to believe them over what President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukrainian stated.” Peter Taylor Yeah, that’s how sworn testimony works. If this confuses you OR if you have a beef with testimony, then take it up with the AG Barr. You are hanging on to a comment NOT under oath by a foreign leader who is in a vulnerable position walking a tightrope just to survive being overrun by the neighboring Russian juggernaut who has partially invaded his country already and the American bully who is promising to help but wants a personal favor in return. Don’t let… Read more »

Peter Taylor
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So, the public gets to hear from William Taylor, Fired U.S. diplomat from Ukraine, and dismissed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and dismissed former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch which all have a grudge. We are suppose to believe them over what President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukrainian stated. What I really want to hear is having Adam Schiff, the committee’s chairman explain why he didn’t check his source of Russian collusion before he opened his Yap last year (His source was two Russian comedians).

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