New details emerge in Ukraine case on first day of public impeachment inquiry hearing


Well the curtain has been raised on the public impeachment hearings as members of the house intelligence committee heard from two key witnesses this past day and correspondent Linda Kenyon has more from Capitol Hill come to order German Adam Schiff this is the first in a series of public hearings the committee will be holding is part of the houses impeachment inquiry in his opening statement chairmanship said the committee will hear testimony about whether president trump strong arm to US ally Ukraine to do him a political favor in exchange for the release of congressionally approved military aid whether president trump sought to exploit that allies vulnerability and invite you craze interference in our elections whether president trump something that condition official acts such as a White House meeting or US military assistance on Ukraine's willingness to assist with two political investigations that would help his reelection campaign the ranking Republican on the committee representative Devin Nunez objected to the entire premise it's nothing more than an impeachment process in search of a crime the top US diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor with several decades of public service under many U. S. president said he has no political axe to grind I am not here to take one side or the other Deputy Assistant secretary of state George can also presented his credentials I have served proudly as a non partisan career foreign service officer for more than twenty seven years ambassador Taylor told the committee about what he called an irregular channel a foreign policy being conducted in Ukraine channel that included then special envoy Kurt Volker US ambassador to the European Union garden softened secretary of energy Rick Perry White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and as I subsequently learned Mr Giuliani Giuliani as president trump's personal attorney who was central to carrying out the president's efforts to pressure Ukraine to conduct an investigation of political rival Joe Biden I wrote that withholding security assistance in exchange for help with a domestic political campaign in the United States would be crazy Taylor also described in interaction with Gordon Sunland that seem to double down on that issue the member of my staff asked investor song and what president trump thought about your great as a song responded that president trump cares more about the investigations of Biden committee counsel Dan Goldin press Taylor further about this point have you ever seen another example of foreign aid conditioned on the personal or political interests of the president of the United States no Mister Goldman of not Goldman then pose the question to Deputy Assistant secretary of state George can't is pressuring Ukraine to conduct what I believe you've called political investigations a part of US foreign policy to promote the rule of law in Ukraine and around the world it is not where is the impeachable offense Republican John Radcliffe but chairman Adam Schiff said if this is not impeachable conduct what is Linda Kenya on

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