Trump impeachment hearing, Day 1: The battle lines are drawn , The proceedings, said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff,
His counterpart, ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., was just as grave, Alling the two witnesses — Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and State Department official George Kent — Actors in a “low-rent Ukrainian sequel” to the two-year investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election, or as Nunes called it, the “Russian hoax.”
Taylor and Kent testified for more than five hours, with no respite but a single five-minute break. The impeachment hearing — the first on Capitol Hill since 1998, The halls of the Longworth House Office Building Were crowded with journalists, congressional staffers and members of the public,
That is because, for all the accusation and recrimination surrounding Trump’s conduct, it is unclear how much has changed now that impeachment has entered its public phase. More witnesses will testify later this week, as well as next week,
Ahead of an expected vote on articles of impeachment sometime before December’s holiday break. Most of those witnesses have already given closed-door testimony. That testimony, much of which was made public last week,
U.S. ambassador to the European Union, to ask about “the investigations” into Biden and the 2016 election. That call took place the day after Trump spoke on the phone with Zelensky, seeming to suggest that the U.SUkraine relationship was contingent on an announcement of such investigations being launched.
Sondland’s seeming eagerness to work with Trump was already known. And after Taylor offered the new detail in his opening statement, there was little else that was new in the hours that followed. But this was not because either Taylor or Kent was reticent; to the contrary, they had given meticulous testimony .