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First Public Trump Impeachment Hearing Begins

President Trump Impeachment Hearings President Trump Impeachment Hearings |  Photo: ABC News

Updated: November 13, 2019 09:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has opened the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
    
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff opened the live, televised session Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The inquiry follows several weeks of closed-door depositions.

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WATCH LIVE: Stream of Impeachment Hearings
    
It’s a remarkable moment for Trump, facing a rare impeachment proceeding over his actions toward Ukraine and alleged request to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden's family. Trump insists he did nothing wrong.
    
Democrats are leading the inquiry into Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president to see if the actions rise to “high crimes and misdemeanors.”


    
Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate the Democrats in the 2016 election and potential 2020 rival Joe Biden’s family, all while withholding military aid to an ally facing Russian aggression.
    
The panel will hear from two State Department witnesses who defied White House instructions not to appear. William Taylor and George Kent were both issued subpoenas Wednesday morning by the House Intelligence panel for their testimony, according to an official granted anonymity to discuss the matter.
    
Taylor is the charge d’affaires in Ukraine and Kent is the deputy assistant secretary at the State Department.
    
The inquiry was sparked after a whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
    
Democrats have argued the call shows Trump used his office to pressure a foreign leader to help him politically. Trump has said the call was “perfect.”
    

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