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Nov 19 2019

Impeachment: Day 3 Testimony

Day three of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee is going to be a busy one with four witnesses, who have already testified behind closed doors.

First scheduled is Vice President Pence’s national security aide, Jennifer Williams, who who listened to the July 25 phone call. She previously gave her deposition behind closed doors on November 7. It can be read here

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, European affairs director at the National Security Council, who previously testified in a closed-door deposition on Oct. 29. Lt. Col. Vindman was listening on Trump’s July 25 call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He speaks fluent Ukrainian/ The transcript of his October testimony can be read here.

In the afternoon session, they are followed by two witnesses that were requested to appear by the Republicans.

Former Ambassador Kurt Volker, a former Trump administration envoy to Ukraine, gave his deposition to the committee on October 3, despite resistance from his former boss, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He abruptly resigned in late September. Amb. Volker has provided text messages that said officials felt Trump wouldn’t agree to a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky unless Zelensky promised to publicly launch an investigation into the Biden family. His deposition can be read here.

Last up is NSC Russia expert Timothy Morrison. He was briefly the top U.S. presidential advisor on Russia and Europe on the White House National Security Council, a position he took over from his predecessor Fiona Hill in August 2019, and from which he resigned on October 31, 2019. The transcript of his deposition can be read here.

The hearings are scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM ET.

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