Public Hearings On Impeachment of Donald Trump
December 17, 2019 UPDATE
On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed two Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump. The matter has been moved to the full House of Representatives for a vote. A vote is expected for this coming Wednesday. If passed, Trump is impeached, and the matter then moves to the Senate to decide whether or not to remove Trump from office.
According to the Daily Beast, the Senate is suppose to act as a “fair and impartial jury,” but both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, “have said explicitly their only goal is to end the trial as quickly as possible, call zero witnesses, and take their marching orders directly from the president himself. They’re supposed to be the jury and they’re literally going on TV admitting they’re not going to be impartial and they’re going to take their orders from the president.”
Of a personal opinion, I question if Republican Representatives and Senators do not want to impeach Trump and remove him from office because they do not want V.P. Pence taking over the role of President. I wonder why?
December 10, 2019 UPDATE
The House Judiciary Committee’s two proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday. The first article charges him with abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to assist him in his re-election campaign by damaging Democratic rivals. The second article charges him with obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents in response to House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.
You can read the full Articles of Impeachment here.
DECEMBER 3, 2019 UPDATE
CNN says of the 300 page House Intelligence Committee report, that it contains witness testimonies, timelines and phone records that accuse “Trump of perpetrating one of the most serious political crimes in the history of the United States. ”
Rather than add it to comment section, I am embedding a link to the full report here. The Finding of Facts portion begins on page 39 as;
Based on witness testimony and evidence collected during the impeachment inquiry, the Intelligence Committee has found that:
I. Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States—acting personally and through his agents within and outside of the U.S. government—solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage. In so doing, the President placed his personal political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangeredU.S. national security.
The impeachment inquiry starts on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.
On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, public hearings begin on the impeachment of Donald Trump. My intent is to keep this post as a discussion and update thread until those hearings are completed. Updates, including any available videos of the hearings, will be posted in the comment section below. Feel free to add to them.
The public hearings will be live streamed on most major media networks and on USA Today online.
For a breakdown of Committee Members and schedule, see NBC News.
According to MSNBC:
“On the eve of the historic impeachment hearing, the top impeachment investigator, Rep. Adam Schiff tells NPR there is enough evidence to impeach Trump for bribery, for abusing “official” powers of the presidency and because Trump was “offering official acts for some personal or political reason.”
Below is a list with links to transcripts of depositions that have been released to the public. Click on the words that appear in blue to open the links, which will open in another window. Transcripts of testimonies are in pdf.
Summary of Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine President About Joe Biden
Ambassador Kurt Volker is the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine. He testified on Oct. 3, 2019.
Marie Yovanovitch Marie Yovanovitch has represented the United States as Ambassador to Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine. She testified on Oct. 11, 2019.
Dr. Fiona Hill has served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia, at the National Intelligence Council, as a senior fellow with the Brookings Institute, and most recently as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council staff. She testified on Oct. 14, 2019.
George Kent is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. He testified on Oct. 15, 2019.
Ambassador Michael McKinley is the former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State. He testified on Oct. 16, 2019.
Ambassador Gordon Sondland is the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. He testified on Oct 17, 2019.
Ambassador Bill Taylor served as the chargé d’affaires for Ukraine. He testified on Oct. 22, 2019.
Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. She testified on Oct. 23, 2019.
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman. An active duty military officer with a Purple Heart for his service to our country in combat, Lieutenant Colonel Vindman raised his concerns internally and immediately within the White House. He testified on Oct. 29, 2019
Catherine Croft, a State Department employee who previously worked on issues involving Ukraine for the National Security Council. She testified on Oct. 30, 2019.
Christopher Anderson is an advisor to Ambassador Kurt Volker on Ukraine policy. He testified on Oct. 30, 2019.
Key excerpts and summaries are found on the sight for the House Intelligence Committee.