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New revelations, steady witnesses, Trump tweets: takeaways from the first public hearing on impeachment


Added 11-13-19 05:04:02pm EST - “Democrats used Wednesday's open hearing? to bolster their case for Trump's impeachment while Republicans again dismissed the process.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “New revelations, steady witnesses, Trump tweets: takeaways from the first public hearing on impeachment”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Two American diplomats shared key details of President Donald Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine during the first day of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry and stuck to their story that Trump used his office to go after a political rival.

Democrats used Wednesday's open hearing to bolster their case for Trump's impeachment while Republicans tried to scuttle the process by dismissing Democrats' claims Trump engaged in a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine. 

Over nearly six hours, House Intelligence Committee members peppered Ambassador Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, with questions about Trump's motivations in Ukraine.

Taylor testified a Trump official said the president "cares more" about investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 presidential candidate, and his son Hunter than he did Ukraine policy. And Kent suggested a Ukraine company at the center of the controversy should be investigated. But mostly, the two withstood fiery questioning from both sides, often expanding on what they'd offered in closed-door testimony.

Trump, meanwhile, claimed not to pay any mind, although he continually tweeted throughout the hearing.

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