Washington braces for Trump impeachment hearings

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The closed doors of the House’s impeachment investigation of Donald Trump are about to swing wide open. Americans _ and the rest of the world _ will have their chance Wednesday to hear testimony about the president’s actions and decide whether he should be impeached.
It all begins with two seasoned diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, relaying the intriguing, if complicated story of a president allegedly using foreign policy for personal, political gain ahead of the 2020 election.
The two seasoned diplomats have arrived for their testimony on Capitol Hill.
Taylor is the charge d’affaires in Ukraine and Kent is the deputy assistant secretary at the State Department.
The House intelligence committee’s hearing is the first public congressional hearing exploring Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden’s family.
The inquiry was sparked after a whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump responded on Sept. 24 by releasing a rough transcript.
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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Author: Rich