After weeks of private testimony, the House impeachment inquiry moved into a new phase with the scheduling of the first public hearings into whether President Donald Trump demanded that Ukraine’s newly elected president investigate the Bidens.
First up will be the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, and career State Department official George Kent, both on Nov. 13, and the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, on Nov. 15. All have previously testified privately.
In the first formal impeachment vote on Oct. 3, the majority of Democrats approved rules for moving forward with the investigation into whether Trump has abused the power of the presidency. Republicans unanimously voted against the inquiry.
House Leader Nancy Pelosi had been turning back efforts to oust the president since the release of the Mueller report in April, but on Sept. 24 announced that the House had begun a formal impeachment inquiry.
The impeachment probe was sparked by a whistleblower's complaint that centered on a phone call that Trump had on July 25 with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The president is accused of pressuring Ukraine into investigaing one of his top 2020 Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, and Biden’s son, Hunter, in return for military aid.
Trump maintains that he did nothing wrong and has angrily accused Democrats of trying to stymie his presidency.
In the midst of the fast-moving events, Trump released a summary of his conversation with Zelenskiy and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., made public a declassified, redacted version of the whistleblower's complaint.
As the inquiry moves forward, Democrats are investigating what role Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Bill Barr and Rudy Giuliani played in the president's interactions with Ukraine. A parade of diplomats and White House officials have been drawn into the process. (Click here for a who's who in the Trump-Ukraine affair.)
Here’s a timeline of developments related to Trump and Ukraine, updated on a near daily basis. Most recent events appear first. Choose to read the timeline by selected key moments or click the 'full timeline' tab for more details.
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