House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff condemned “partisan attacks” on impeachment witnesses during opening statements in Tuesday’s public hearing.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is refusing to defend former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch over her questionable role in the impeachment process.
The House Intelligence Committee will hold more public hearings this week in the ongoing impeachment probe. Testimonies will start Tuesday and will continue through Thursday. During that time, eight witnesses will take the stand.
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson recently received a request for firsthand information relevant to the Ukraine impeachment probe by the House GOP. Congressmen Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes sent a letter to the Wisconsin lawmaker on Monday, reluctantly asking him for any direct evidence about President Trump’s actions between April and September.
President Trump recently called into question the foreign service record of impeachment witness Marie Yovanovitch. In a tweet Friday, the president said “everywhere Yovanovitch went turned bad.” He pointed at first to Somalia and then at Ukraine. He then pointed out he has the right to appoint ambassadors as commander-in-chief.
Democrats and Republicans stay on message amid the latest public impeachment hearing. During opening remarks for the hearing of former Ukraine amabassador Marie Yovanovitch Friday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff touted her career as a seasoned State Department official and said she was unfairly targeted by attorney Rudy Giuliani.
With day one of the impeachment hearings over and as Democrats try to push for a House vote by the end of the year, House Republicans are looking to fight back against Democrat’s outrageous claims of ‘quid pro quo’ between President Trump and Ukraine. Following the hearings for State Department official George Kent and acting Ukraine ambassador William Taylor Wednesday, GOP House Intelligence Committee member Jim Jordan had some choice words about how the first round of public testimonies played out.
The Defense Department’s watchdog will not be looking into a delay in military aid to Ukraine by the Trump administration. A spokesperson for the department reportedly confirmed they sent a letter on Wednesday informing top Democrat senators of its decision. The department said it’s concerned opening an investigation could duplicate or interfere with the House impeachment inquiry.
Democrats are zeroing in on new information revealed in the testimony of acting Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor, who claimed one of his staffers overheard a cell phone conversation between European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland and President Trump.