Updates From The Impeachment Inquiry Of President Trump

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November 13, 2019 - 7:10 am
Daniel Goldman (L), attorney and director of investigations with the House Intelligence Committee, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (C) (D-CA), and U.S. House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R) (R-CA).

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Get updates from House Intelligence Committee's impeachment hearing on President Donald Trump by following along with KCBS Radio. All times are Pacific Standard.

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SKIRMISHING OVER THE RULES

9:45 a.m.

BACK IN BUSINESS

9:22 a.m

Now it's the Republicans' turn. Ranking member Devin Nunes says, "I only have a few questions for you," and will likely yield the bulk of his 45 minutes to the committee's minority counsel, Steve Castor.

—Stan Bunger

MEANWHILE, ROGER STONE...

8:51 a.m.

While the hearing remains on break, word comes in from a Washington courtroom: longtime Donald Trump friend and political supporter Roger Stone has been found guilty on all counts. He'd been on trial on charges of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction following remarks about the WikiLeaks email releases during the 2016 presidential campaign.

—Stan Bunger

 

WITNESS INTIMIDATION?

8:12 a.m.

President Trump's tweet dispraging Marie Yovanovitch--sent as she testified this morning--has become a story unto itself. Intelligence Committee chair Adan Schiff branded it "witness intimidation" while Bay Area Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell said, "We have strong evidence of obstruction of justice through intimidating a witness and tampering with a witness's testimony."

—Stan Bunger

A BREAK

7:39 a.m.

Chairman Schiff announces a break, saying House votes have been scheduled. Indications are it may be an hour or so before the hearing resumes.

—Stan Bunger

 

WHAT EXACTLY DID THE PRESIDENT SAY?

7:15 a.m.

A POWERFUL OPENING STATEMENT

6:47 a.m.

Marie Yovanovitch ends her opening statement with a powerful plea to Americans to remember why people like her do what they do: to represent America abroad and advance our nation's interests. It should be played back to every high school civics class.

—Stan Bunger

 

WHAT DOES DAN AYKROYD HAVE TO DO WITH THIS?

6:39 a.m.

Well, like Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, he was born in Canada. And then, Doug recalled his Saturday Night Live bit from the 70's: "The Ambassador Training Institute". Here's the script.

—Stan Bunger

THERE'S ALWAYS A LOCAL ANGLE

6:25 a.m.

TWO VERY DIFFERENT VIEWS

6:17 a.m.

START THE CLOCK

6:07 a.m.

Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) gavels the hearing to order and begins reading his opening statement.

—Stan Bunger

MEANWHILE, ELSEWHERE IN STATE DEPARTMENT NEWS

6:05 a.m.

A story that might have been front-page news were it not for that OTHER front-page news in Washington: the State Department's Inspector General is recommending disciplinary action against a Trump Administration appointee who stands accused of  keeping a list of career State Department employees not considered sufficiently supportive of President Trump's agenda. Read the report here.

—Stan Bunger

AND WE'RE BACK!

5:50 a.m.

It's an earlier start for the Friday morning session with former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie  Yovanovitch. The Intelligence Committee is due to convene at 6 a.m. Pacific time. This means Doug Sovern had to set his alarm clock many hours before his normal wake-up time.

Me? I'm already here.

—Stan Bunger

 

MORE ON FRIDAY

12:38 p.m.

WRAPPING UP

12:37 p.m.

COFFEE TALK

12:30 p.m.

The impeachment hearings are "must see TV" for one San Francisco Cafe and event space. Listen to Matt Bigler's dispatch from Manny's in the Mission.

SAY IT LIKE THIS

12:06 p.m.

—Via @brookscbsradio

MATTER OF INTENT

11:53 a.m.

'JUST WRONG'

11:40 a.m.

CALLING ABOUT CORRUPTION

10:50 a.m.

AMBASSADOR CRITICIZED

10:45 a.m.

BACK TO DEMOCRATS

10:30 a.m.

LINE OF QUESTIONING

10:20 a.m.

'TELEVISION LAWYERS'

10:01 a.m.

SOUNDS FAMILIAR

9:53 a.m.

Central Valley Republican Rep. Devin Nunes gets 45 minutes to question the two witnesses. He uses the first three essentially repeating his opening statement.

—Stan Bunger

MOMENT TO REVIEW

9:56 a.m.

Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee review their papers before top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, William B. Taylor Jr., and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George P. Kent testify on Nov. 13, 2019.
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This photo from Getty Images shows Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee review their papers before top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, William B. Taylor Jr., and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George P. Kent testify before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

IT'S THE GOP'S TURN

9:45 a.m.

BREAK TIME

9:21 a.m.

INTRODUCING DAN GOLDMAN

9:09 a.m.

So who's the guy asking the questions right now? Dan Goldman is counsel for the Democratic majority on the House Intelligence Committee. Here's his Twitter profile.

—Stan Bunger

WHISTLEBLOWER WANTED

8:54 a.m.

LISTENING IN

8:50 a.m.

Inquiring minds want to know: did the overheard conversation (President Trump asking Ambassador Gordon Sondland about "the investigations") happen on speakerphone? Or is the president's voice so loud it can be heard in a Kiev restaurant? And do US diplomats routinely conduct calls with the president in such a way that others can overhear?

—Stan Bunger

KEY NEW INFORMATION?

8:38 a.m.

This new information is grabbing a lot of attention at this hour.

—Stan Bunger

TRUMP AND THE BIDENS

8:37 a.m.

IN HIS OWN WORDS

8:32 a.m.

Read Ambassador William Taylor's opening statement here, courtesy of Politico. 

LINES OF COMMUNICATION

8:25 a.m.

DULY NOTED

8:20 a.m.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) tweeted this photo showing notes on Ambassador William Taylor's testimony on Nov. 13, 2019.
Jackie Speier

So THIS is interesting. Photo tweeted by Peninsula Congresswoman Jackie Speier (presumably her hand-marked notation on prepared testimony of Ambassador William Taylor).

—Stan Bunger

WHERE TO WATCH

8:17 a.m.

'DIRECTIVE HAD COME FROM THE PRESIDENT'

8:11 a.m.

LISTEN TO THAT

8:10 a.m.

Doug and Susan Leigh Taylor and I all agree: Ambassador William Taylor has the baritone voice and cadence of a 1940's or 1950's radio news anchor.

—Stan Bunger

TAYLOR STEPS INTO SPOTLIGHT

7:57 a.m..

'PERCEPTION OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST'

7:54 a.m.

STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE?

7:49 a.m.

OK, off-topic. Probably shallow. But George Kent DEFINITELY pulls off the bow-tie-and-matching-pocket-square look.

—Stan Bunger

CONFLICTING STATEMENTS

7:45 a.m.

NUNES SPEAKS UP

7:23 a.m.

POISED PRESENTATION

7:17 a.m.

Just an observation: Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff is reading from his three-page prepared opening statement. But it doesn't sound like he's reading.  His speech and debate teacher is smiling somewhere.

—Stan Bunger

ALL EYES ON SCHIFF

7:15 a.m.

Rep. Adam Schiff on Nov. 13, 2019 during the impeachment hearing of President Trump.
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As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Los Angeles) will lead Wednesday's hearing with expected testimony from two witnesses about Trump's action and policy toward Ukraine. 

BAY AREA WAKES UP TO HEARING

7:11 a.m.

Holly Quan/KCBS Radio

Cafes and bars around the Bay Area opened early and turned on television sets to watch the testimony in the House. 

—Holly Quan

WHAT TO EXPECT: A CRASH COURSE IN FOREIGN POLICY

7;07 a.m.

We're going to hear a whole lot about things involving Ukraine.  A lot of people still call it "the Ukraine" (uncool since Ukrainian independence in 1991) and a lot of people still call the capital city "KIev"--also not cool because that's a transliteration of the Russian​ spelling, as opposed to "Kyiv", which is a transliteration of the spelling in Ukrainian. There's even a hashtag:  #KyivNotKiev

—Stan Bunger