Thursday, April 9, 2020

Nunes Responds to Schiff’s Opening Statement

Public hearings have begun in the House impeachment probe, and California Republican Devin Nunes has formally responded to allegations President Trump used military aid as leverage to force Ukraine to investigate his opponents.

Here is everything you need to know, per USA Today:
 

The House Intelligence Committee will conduct the hearings this week, which are scheduled to include testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; William Taylor, who replaced Yovanovitch as the top American diplomat in Ukraine; and George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department who oversees policy in a half-dozen former Soviet states, including Ukraine. 

In their closed-door testimony, Yovanovitch, Taylor and Kent raised concerns about the efforts of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine toward opening investigations related to former Vice President Joe Biden and 2016 election interference. Taylor testified that the military aid was frozen for the explicit purpose of compelling Ukraine to begin the probes, contradicting Trump’s claim that there was never a “quid pro quo.”  

Republican lawmakers on the committee will try to cast doubt on the testimony from the trio of diplomats – and on the impeachment inquiry in general. They are likely to try to change the focus by insisting that Trump had a legitimate concern about alleged corruption involving Biden and his son Hunter. 

Besides Nunes, other committee members to watch, include:
 

  • Jim Jordan
  • Adam Schiff
  • Will Hurd
  • Eric Swalwell
  • John Ratcliffe

Are you going to watch the Trump impeachment inquiry hearings or are they a waste of time? Tell us your thoughts below!

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