Listen Live To First Public Impeachment Hearing

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November 12, 2019 - 10:36 pm
 Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, William B. Taylor (R), and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George P. Kent (L) are sworn in prior to providing testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 13, 2019.

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The first public hearings of the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump are expected to begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. Pacific. 

Click here to listen to live, uninterrupted testimony from Congress. A second round of testimony is set for Friday with more hearings planned for next week. 

Three career diplomats are among the witnesses expected to appear. William Taylor, the former top diplomat to Ukraine and George Kent, the deputy secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs are due to testify before the panel Wednesday about the Trump administration's policy toward Ukraine. Marie Yovanovitch, a recently recalled ambassador to Ukraine, will appear Friday. 

Last month, the House approved a package of rules governing how the impeachment hearings will unfold. Rep. Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee's Democratic chairman and Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican, will each get 45-minute blocks of time to question witnesses. They can allocate portions of their time to others to conduct the queries. 

In recent weeks, witnesses have testified in private to House members. Transcripts from some of those sessions have been released, strengthening claims that Ukraine was pressured by Trump to launch investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in exchange for congressionally approved military aid.

Trump has denied that anything improper occurred during his July phone call with Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskiy while maintaining the Bidens were corrupt. However, an anonymous whistleblower lodged concerns about Trump's call, which set in motion the events leading to this political crossroads. 

This is only the third time in modern U.S. history that the House of Representatives has held open impeachment hearings.