Ari Melber explains how Donald Trump could be impeached for bribery, and what to expect in the impeachment inquiry.
The hearing is set to start at 10 a.m. Wednesday. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will make an opening statement, followed by an opening statement by the ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California. The witnesses testifying today are Bill Taylor, the Trump administration’s top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
NBC News reports:
In his closed-door deposition, Taylor said he threatened to quit after he was told Trump was withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine because he wanted “investigations.” He texted another diplomat that “it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.”
Kent told investigators in his deposition that he’d raised concerns that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was poisoning Ukraine policy with “a campaign of lies” — and was warned to “lay low” by his boss afterward.
The two will testify together side-by-side at the witness table.
Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is scheduled to testify before the same committee on Friday.