WASHINGTON (WFLA) – At least eight current and former officials are set to testify this week in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Here’s what happened on Tuesday:
Testimony wrapped up around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday for a full recap click here.
After opening statements from Rep. Schiff and Rep. Nunes, Morrison and Volker were sworn in and began delivering their opening statements around 3:30 p.m.
The second witnesses of the day – Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison – arrived for their testimony shortly after 3 p.m.
Volker is the former U.S,. special envoy to Ukraine. He resigned in late September amid the impeachment inquiry.
Morrison is a former National Security Council aide.
Vindman and Williams wrapped the first half of testimony for the day around 1:30 p.m. Congress took a brief break from questioning but is expected to resume around 3 p.m.
Members of the congressional committee looking into the impeachment inquiry began questioning Vindman and Williams shortly before 10 a.m.
During questioning, Rep. Himes brought up President Trump’s tweet about Williams from the weekend and read it aloud.
“It certainly surprised me,” Williams testified. “I was not expecting to be called out by name.”
Williams also testified that she is not a “never-Trumper.”
Rep. Jim Jordan asked Vindman if he ever leaked any information. Vindman responded, “I never did, never would. That is preposterous that I would do that.”
Lt. Col. Vindman got into an intense exchange with Rep. Devin Nunes during his questioning over the identity of the whistleblower. Vindman’s counsel had to get involved at one point, along with Rep. Schiff.
During questioning, Williams explained that she thought, “references to specific individuals and investigations” in the July 25 call, “such as former Vie President Biden and his son struck me as political in nature given the former vice president is a political opponent of the president.”
While being questioned by committee members, both Williams and Vindman said they recalled hearing mentions of Burisma, the gas company that hired Hunter Biden, in the July 25 call. They both testified that the word Burisma is not included in the public record.
Vindman explained why that could be:
Vindman began delivering his opening statement around 9:37 a.m., just after Williams wrapped up her statement.
Vindman said during his statement that he was concerned by the July 25 phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president.
“What I heard was inappropriate. It is improper for the President of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and political opponent,” Vindman said.
Vindman and Williams were sworn in around 9:30 a.m. Williams delivered her opening statement to Congress first.
During her opening statement, Williams testified that she found the July 25 call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president unusual.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman arrived in Washington just after 9 a.m. to testify in front of the congressional committee. Vindman is the Director for European affairs at the National Security Council.
Vindman is the first witness with first-hand testimony. He heard the July 25 phone call with President Trump and the Ukrainian president and testified that he raised concerns about it twice.
Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence on Russia and Europe, arrived shortly after Vindman.
Williams was among the staffers in the White House Situation Room who listened and took notes during the July 25 phone call. During closed-door testimony, she told investigators that President Trump’s discussion on the call of specific investigations struck her as “unusual and inappropriate.”
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The House Intelligence Committee will hear publicly from those officials who have already appeared for closed-door depositions.
Testifying first at 9 a.m. ET will be Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence and then Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert.
In a transcript released this weekend, Williams who listened to the July 25 phone call between President Trump and the Ukranian president and told impeachment investigators President Trump’s request for specific investigations struck her as “unusual and inappropriate.”
Vice President Mike Pence’s office is making a concerted effort to distance itself from releasing a statement emphasizing “Jennifer is a State Department employee.”
Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Former National Security Council aide Tim Morrison will testify on the second panel at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Also scheduled to testify this week is Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland.
“A member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone asking Ambassador Sondland about the investigations. Ambassador Sondland told President Trump the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” said Bill Taylor, top U.S. Diplomat in Ukraine.
In his closed-door deposition, Morrison said he knew of at least five direct conversations between Sondland and President Trump.
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