After a month of closed-door depositions, the impeachment inquiry against President Trump moved into its public phase last Wednesday, when George Kent, the assistant deputy secretary of state, and Bill Taylor, the top U.S. ambassador in Ukraine, testified before the House Intelligence Committee. Marie Yovanovich, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified on Friday. Both days were plenty eventful.
The second week of hearings began on Tuesday, with sessions featuring Jennifer Williams, a national security aide to Vice President Pence; Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council expert; Kurt Volker, a former U.S. representative for Ukraine; and Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council expert. On Wednesday, the committee heard from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union; Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary in the Pentagon; and David Hale, the U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs.
Thursday will be the final day of the second week of impeachment hearings. Former NSC staffer Fiona Hill and David Holmes, an aide to Bill Taylor, will testify.
How to watch the hearings
Who is testifying on Wednesday?
Fiona Hill: Hill is a former expert on Russia and Europe working on National Security Council. During her closed-door testimony last month, she detailed a July 10th meeting at the White House with Ukrainian officials in which Sondland laid out the terms of the quid pro quo.
David Holmes: Holmes is an aide to diplomat Bill Taylor who testified previously about Sondland’s July 26th call to President Trump.
How do the hearings work?
Each hearing will begin with opening statements from Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Witnesses will then read their written testimony, after which Schiff and Nunes will each have 45 minutes to question the witnesses. Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman will handle most of the questioning for Schiff, Republican counsel Steve Castor will handle most of the questioning for Nunes. Each member of the committee will then have five minutes to question the witnesses, alternating between Democrat and Republican members.
When are the rest of the hearings?
Here’s the full schedule so far:
Wednesday, November 13th: George Kent (assistant deputy secretary of state) Wednesday, November 13th: Bill Taylor (top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine) Friday, November 15th: Marie Yovanovitch (former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine) Tuesday, November 19th: Jennifer Williams (top national security aide to Vice President Pence) Tuesday, November 19th: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (director of European affairs on the National Security Council) Tuesday, November 19th: Kurt Volker (former U.S. special representative for Ukraine) Tuesday, November 19th: Tim Morrison (former top adviser on Russia and Europe on the National Security Council) Wednesday, November 20th: Gordon Sondland (U.S. Ambassador to the European Union) Wednesday, November 20th: Laura Cooper (deputy assistant secretary for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia in the Pentagon) Wednesday, November 20th: David Hale (U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs)
- Thursday, November 21st: Fiona Hill (former Russia and Europe expert on the National Security Council)
- Thursday, November 21st: David Holmes (aide to Bill Taylor)
What have we learned so far?
From Rolling Stone:
- Four Things We Learned From the First Public Impeachment Hearing
- ‘It’s Very Intimidating’: Veteran U.S. Diplomat Reacts to Trump Attacking Her During Impeachment
- Four Things We Learned From the Second Public Impeachment Hearing
- Four Things We Learned From Tuesday’s Public Impeachment Hearing
- Sondland Details First-Hand Knowledge of Giuliani, Trump’s Lawyer, Directing ‘Quid Pro Quo’
- Five Things You Need to Know About Wednesday’s Explosive Impeachment Testimony