House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has officially announced the dates for open hearings next week as part of the Democrats' continued "impeachment" inquiry against President Trump.
Next week, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 6, 2019
On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, we will hear from William Taylor and George Kent.
On Friday, November 15, 2019, we will hear from Marie Yovanovitch.
More to come.
Taylor and Kent are State Department officials who work on Ukraine. Yovanovitch serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.
The announcement comes after Schiff released a series of transcripts this week from closed door testimony given by former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, former Senior State Department advisor Michael McKinley, Ambassador Gordon Sondland and Ambassador Yovanovitch, who will testify again next week.
In the meantime, the White House is fighting back against claims made by Democrats that transcripts prove President Trump engaged in some kind of quid-pro-quo with the Ukrainian government.
"Both transcripts released today show there is even less evidence for this illegitimate impeachment sham than previously thought. Ambassador Sondland squarely states that he “did not know, (and still does not know) when, why or by whom the aid was suspended.” He also said he “presumed” there was a link to the aid—but cannot identify any solid source for that assumption. By contrast, Volker’s testimony confirms there could not have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians did not know about the military aid hold at the time. No amount of salacious media-biased headlines, which are clearly designed to influence the narrative, change the fact that the President has done nothing wrong,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released in a statement.