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Impeachment Hearings Continue on Capitol Hill

Impeachment Hearings Continue on Capitol Hill

from Associated Press reports
Updated: November 19, 2019 04:59 PM

Impeachment Hearings continued Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Key impeachment witnesses Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and adviser Jennifer Williams arrived for their morning testimony at a House intelligence panel hearing. Then in the afternoon, former NSC official Timothy Morrison and the former Ukraine special envoy, Kurt Volker gave their testimony in the House's impeachment probe of President Donald Trump.

In the early session, Jennifer Williams, adviser to Vice President Mike Pence testified that she was told that White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had directed that a hold on military aid to Ukraine should remain in place. 
    
Williams says she attended meetings earlier this year in which the hold on Ukraine security assistance was discussed.
    
She says representatives of the State and Defense departments advocated that the hold on the aid should be lifted, and that budget officials said that Mulvaney had directed that it remain in place.
    
Williams says she learned on Sept. 11 that the hold had been lifted. She says she’s never learned what prompted that decision.

Williams says she found a July phone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukraine leader “unusual” since it “involved discussion of what appeared to be a domestic political matter.” She listened to the July 25 call between Pres. Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. She says that after the call, she provided an update in the vice president’s daily briefing book indicating that the conversation had taken place.
    
Williams says she did not discuss the call with Pence or any of her colleagues in the office of the vice president or the National Security Council.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman also testified Tuesday in a public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate his Democratic political rivals as he withheld aid to the East European nation. The White House aide tells lawmakers that what he heard on a July phone call between President Donald Trump and the new Ukrainian president was "improper."
    
Vindman is a U.S. Army officer detailed to the National Security Council. He listened in on the July 25 call at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Pres. Trump asked the new Ukrainian president to look into whether Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election and wanted the country to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
    
Vindman said it was "improper" for Trump to demand a foreign government investigative a U.S. citizen and political opponent.
    
President Trump has denied doing anything wrong.

 

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