House Democrats announced on Tuesday, Nov. 12, that they will bring the two first witnesses for the public impeachment hearings on Wednesday and eight more individuals next week.
“On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:00am ET, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold a full committee open hearing for the impeachment inquiry with witnesses Ambassador William B. Taylor and Mr. George Kent,” the committee announced in a statement.
Both are the State Department officials. Taylor is chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and Kent is deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
Also on Tuesday, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced eight more witnesses will be testifying publicly next week in the House impeachment inquiry.
Among them are Alexander Vindman, former National Security Council director for European affairs; Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union; Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine; and Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense.
Impeachment inquiry hearings next week:
Tuesday morning: Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman
Tuesday afternoon: Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison
Wednesday morning: Gordon Sondland
Wednesday afternoon: Laura Cooper and David Hale
Thursday: Fiona Hill
More details to come.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 13, 2019
Before the first public hearing, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of relying on “second and thirdhand” information seeking to prove his abuse of executive power.
According to NBC News program’s Geoff Bennett, a Democratic source said they have designed the first hour of the public impeachment hearing to “be a blockbuster” when the Democrats will go first in questioning the witnesses.
“House Democrats control the committee, which means that they go first. It also means the first hour for the most part, it will be entirely Adam Schiff or a staff lawyer if he so delegates the lawyer to ask questions pursuing the line of inquiry in building the case,” NBC reported.
Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the highest ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, or a staff lawyer will follow with next 45 minutes before the hearing opens up to other Congress members for five minutes each.