It’s been 50 days since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the official launch of an Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday the first open hearings are scheduled to begin with the public hearing testimony from Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent.
Taylor and Kent have both given depositions, which have been released to the public ahead of the open hearing. Kent’s deposition was given on October 15th. His testimony was made public on November 7th. Taylor’s deposition was given on October 22nd. His testimony was made public on November 6th.
Ahead of the hearing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a memo regarding procedures for today’s opening Impeachment Inquiry Hearing.
From the memo pertaining to how the Committee will question the witnesses:
- Extended Questioning by the Chair, Ranking Member, and Committee Counsels. Pursuant to H. Res. 660, the Chair and Ranking Member may conduct at the outset of each open hearing extended rounds of questioning for periods of up to 90 minutes, as determined by the Chair and split evenly between the two sides. As specified in H. Res. 660, the Chair and Ranking Member may not yield time to other Members during these extended question periods, though either may yield time to Majority and Minority Committee Counsels, respectively.
In his memo Schiff also explains that on November 9th, the Ranking Member, Devin Nunes (D-CA) submitted witness requests. Schiff explains, that the “Committee is evaluating the Minority’s requested witnesses and will give due consideration to witnesses within the scope of the Impeachment Inquiry.”
On Tuesday evening Schiff announced next week’s witnesses scheduled to appear before the Committee and offer public testimony.
Impeachment inquiry hearings next week:— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 13, 2019
Tuesday morning: Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman
Tuesday afternoon: Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison
Wednesday morning: Gordon Sondland
Wednesday afternoon: Laura Cooper and David Hale
Thursday: Fiona Hill
More details to come.
Following Wednesday’s hearing on Friday, former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is expected to publicly testify. Yovanovitch gave her deposition on Oct. 11th, it was made public on November 4th.
For a timeline regarding the Whistleblower complaint, the Ukraine phone call, and the so far publicly released documents @ Just Security.org.
Live Feed 1 NBC News.
Live Feed 2 C-SPAN.
Live Feed 3 House Intelligence Committee.
Also happening Wednesday.
President Trump is hosting President Erdogan of Turkey.
Here’s Trump’s public schedule for tomorrow, featuring a joint press conference with Erdogan. (Public schedules don’t include all of a president’s activities.) pic.twitter.com/glrLzwHcny— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 13, 2019
Update: Sort of.
So far the President has tweeted 7 times in response to today’s hearing.
He’s quoted Fox News in 5 of his 7 tweets and of course no Presidential meltdown would be complete without the all caps tweets. Twice.
NEVER TRUMPERS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
READ THE TRANSCRIPT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019