How to Watch PBS NewsHour’s Coverage of the Trump Impeachment Hearings

Rep. Mac Thornberry R-Texas

Rep. Mac Thornberry R-Texas

Republicans have so far shown little support for removing Trump from office, which would require two-thirds of senators present to vote to convict him.

Republicans are denouncing the impeachment inquiry as an effort to undo the results of the 2016 election.

The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent are testifying at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday in the first public hearing of the House Democrats' impeachment investigation into Trump and Ukraine.

"There was just this issue of the White House chief of staff has conveyed that the president has concerns about Ukraine", she testified. Trump has repeatedly said the aid was never dependent on Kiev's willingness to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.

"President Trump's pressure campaign was "out of bounds, ' and every time he insists that it was 'perfect" he is saying that he is above the law", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Twitter, referring to how the Republican president has described his actions in the Ukraine saga.

"From the beginning, that phone call with the president, I think, is the smoking gun". He also said it did not touch on the substance of the July 25 presidential phone call.

On Wednesday, the Public will hear first from top diplomat to Ukraine Bill Tayor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent.

Both career diplomats, Kent and Taylor will serve as the House Oversight Chairman Adam Schiff's feature witnesses in the impeachment inquiry accusing the president.

Democrats argue that Mr. Trump made US military aid conditional upon Mr. Zelensky's announcement of the investigations, which they describe as the quid pro quo of the president's self-serving deal. Democrats have amassed evidence that Trump sought to leverage Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's desire for a meeting between the two leaders and for some $391 million in aid to get Ukraine to find dirt on Biden, who could face Trump in next year's presidential election.

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He believed that the investigation into the Burisma case and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. election became preconditions for Ukraine's President Zelensky being granted a meeting with Trump, which he was reportedly seeking.

On Friday, the committee will hear from Marie Yovanovitch, who Mr Trump removed as USA ambassador to Ukraine in May. She will give public testimony on Friday.

Fiona Hill, a former White House expert on Russian Federation, will have Thursday morning to herself unless Democrats add more witnesses.

When she and others tried to get an explanation, they found none.

Trump's request to Zelensky came as he had ordered that almost $400 million in military aid to Ukraine be withheld.

"It was unexpected and most unfortunate, however, to watch some Americans, including those who ally themselves with corrupt Ukrainians in pursuit of private agendas, launch attacks on dedicated public servants", he said.

Taylor testified behind closed doors on October 22 that the Trump administration sought to withhold military aid from Ukraine and deny Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a White House visit unless Ukraine committed to investigating Biden and a conspiracy related to the 2016 election.

More recently he was an executive vice president at the nonpartisan U.S. Institute of Peace. None were removed from office, although Richard Nixon resigned as he faced nearly certain impeachment in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.

Television news crews set up ahead of the first public impeachment hearing.

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