Explainer: What to expect from the televised Trump impeachment hearings next week

Jennifer Williams arrives on Capitol Hill for the closed-door hearing

Democrats want the broadest possible public support should they choose to formally impeach Trump, which could happen by December.

Kent told investigators that that was his understanding of what Trump wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to say in order to unlock USA military aid, as relayed to the official by others, including those in direct contact with the president.

Kent also told congressional investigators that Giuliani conducted a "campaign full of lies and incorrect information" against Marie Yovanovitch before she was recalled from her post as ambassador to Ukraine, according to the transcript of his testimony.

One Democratic member of the intelligence panel, Denny Heck, said on Thursday that there is "already a mountain of evidence" in the probe.

Ahead of her testimony Thursday, current and former colleagues heaped praise on Williams, with one White House official saying: "She is the most professional person in this building".

Witnesses have continued to come in.

Lawmakers are seeking to find out how much Pence knew about efforts by Trump and those around him to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as foreign interference in the 2016 USA election. On Thursday, an aide to Vice-President Mike Pence appeared under subpoena and was deposed for more than four hours.

The Democrats will ask the diplomats to discuss their understanding of events before and after a July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelenskiy.


Vindman alerted superiors on two occasions, including after he listened to the July call in which Trump personally appealed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate political rival Joe Biden and the outlier theory of a Ukrainian role in the 2016 US presidential election.

According to transcripts from a series of closed-door depositions that have already been held in the probe, Jordan, unlike Nunes, has been present at every deposition and has participated in questioning witnesses.

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said Williams was asked about Pence's September visit to Warsaw, Poland, where he met Zelinskiy. Williams did not raise concerns about the call with her superiors.

And then? Hill said Bolton abruptly ended the meeting.

Republicans disparage the impeachment inquiry run by majority Democrats in the House as a bogus partisan show.

Investigators are wrapping up the private interviews as they prepare to start public hearings next week.

Pence himself has repeatedly insisted that Trump did nothing wrong but has not clarified how much he knew about efforts to pressure Ukraine and the parallel Ukraine policy that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others were leading outside the normal diplomatic and official channels.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told NBC News that hearings would begin Wednesday, Nov. 13, with diplomat William Taylor and State Department official George Kent set to testify.

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