Watch Live: Vindman, Williams Testify In Tuesday Impeachment Doubleheader Update 3: Adam Schiff is now doing his best to use the constitutional protections of the whistleblower to stop Vindman from an embarrassingly public unmasking. Nunes: Did you discuss the July 25 call or July 26 call with anyone outside the White House? Vindman: Yes. George ...
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Update 3: Adam Schiff is now doing his best to use the constitutional protections of the whistleblower to stop Vindman from an embarrassingly public unmasking.
Nunes: Did you discuss the July 25 call or July 26 call with anyone outside the White House?— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 19, 2019
Vindman: Yes. George Kent, and someone I'm not going to name who works in the intelligence community.
Schiff just told Vindman not to answer the question.
Vindman is the leaker.
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Update 2: More lunacy...and we're not even close to being finished with the first round of Tuesday testimony.
Vindman just testified that as of this very moment, he has no idea that Burisma paid Hunter Biden millions of dollars over 5 years to sit on the gas company's board.— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 19, 2019
He claims to be an expert on Ukraine policy.
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Update: It's on, with Vindman and Williams delivering their testimony Tuesday morning. One useful nugget has already emerged from the questioning of Vindman, who acknowledged that he hasn't heard any Ukrainians complaining about allegedly being bullied by the US.
Vindman says he does not recall Ukrainians feeling pressured to do investigations. pic.twitter.com/Z0Qg2fiGEr— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 19, 2019
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The impeachment circus is back on Tuesday as the public phase of the Dems' investigation enters its second week with the public testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine specialist on the National Security Council who has objected to President Trump's alleged decision to press Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.
Vindman isn't the only one who will testify Tuesday: Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Kyiv who reportedly told lawmakers in private that the White House decision to withhold military aid was "not significant" and Ukraine's leaders "never communicated a belief that there was a quid pro quo", will also appear before the Intelligence Committee.
Two other senior officials, Jennifer Williams, a national security veteran detailed to Vice President Mike Pence, and outgoing NSC staffer Tim Morrison, will also testify.
Dems have been working to impeach President Trump since a "whistleblower" believed to be a CIA analyst complained that Trump had risked undermining US foreign policy to pursue personal political ends. Keep in mind: A rough transcript of a call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart that took place on July 25 was released weeks ago, allowing members of the public to make their own decisions about what they think they heard.
Watch the hearing live below:
All four of these witnesses have already testified before lawmakers in private sessions. Vindman, who has suspiciously advised the government of Ukraine in addition to working full time for the US, was on the July 25 call at the center of the impeachment probe. Volker wasn't on the call, but he was a part of the shadow campaign led by Rudy Giuliani and the President to press the Ukrainians to investigate Hunter Biden over his links to a gas company suspected of paying bribes and other corrupt activities.
Morrison, meanwhile, has testified that EU ambassador Gordon Sondland in September told a top Ukrainian official that the release of US military aid to the war-torn country would hinge on whether Kyiv opened an investigation into the Bidens.
The witnesses will testify 2 at a time during Tuesday's most packed hearing to date. Vindman and Williams will kick things off at 9 am, followed by Volker and Morrison around mid-afternoon.