Trump impeachment hearings

Trump impeachment hearings The first day of public hearings in the House Democrats’  . President Trump’s requests for Ukraine to investigate his political rivals concluded in Washington, D.C., Wednesday .

George Kent, a senior State Department official, testifying in an open session. Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will testify Friday.

Kelli Grant .

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., appear during the first day of public impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington,

Dylan Stableford .

Witnesses done

Taylor and Kent are done. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has called a brief recess before the panel takes up a motion raised earlier by a member of the committee.

Gordon Donovan .

Republican ranking member Devin Nunes speaks to counsel Steve Castor during the impeachment inquiry hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Dylan Stableford .

Fact-checking a conspiracy

Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the panel, floated the discredited theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. election:

THE FACTS: The theory that Ukrainians interfered in the U.S. election and that Democrats cooperated in that effort is unsubstantiated. If U.S. officials showed a lack of interest in pursuing the matter, it’s because they considered it “fiction,” as one put it.

Trump himself was told by his officials that the theory was “completely debunked” long before the president pressed Ukraine to investigate it anyway, according to Tom Bossert, Trump’s first homeland security adviser.

And in testimony at the closed-door hearings that preceded Wednesday’s public session, Fiona Hill, former special assistant to Trump on the National Security Council, said it was bogus.

“It is a fiction that the Ukrainian government was launching an effort to upend our election,” Hill testified. “I’m extremely concerned that this is a rabbit hole that we’re all going to go down .

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