Updates From Day 3 Of Public Impeachment Hearings

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November 18, 2019 - 11:35 pm
Former State Department special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker (L) and former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs Tim Morrison are sworn in before testifying to the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 19, 2019.

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Tuesday marks the the third day there will be public testimony in the impeachment inquiry in President Donald Trump. 

The four witnesses scheduled to field questions from the House Intelligence Committee are Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a director in the National Security Council, Ambassador Kurt Volker, who was posted in Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former national security adviser to Trump. 

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Check back to this article for commentary and updates about the hearing from journalists in KCBS Radio's newsroom. 

DONE FOR THE DAY

5:30 p.m.

Chairman Adam Schiff has adjourned the House Intelligence Committee. More testimony will be heard Wednesday and Thursday. Listen to those hearings via KCBSRadio.com too. 

WRAPPING UP

5:26 p.m.

HEARING HUNGER

5:10 p.m.

SWALWELL GETS INVOLVED

4:35 p.m.

INTEREST FADING?

4:15 p.m.

NUNES GOES VIRAL

3:18 p.m.

LONG DAY

3:08 p.m.

KNOW THE LINGO

2:32 p.m.

'RESTRICT ACCESS'

1:58 p.m.

LOOKING TO MEET

1:43 p.m.

SHARP TURN

1:19 p.m.

'CONSPIRACY THEORY'

1:08 p.m. 

AFTERNOON WITNESSES: WHO ARE THEY?

12:50 p.m.

Former State Department special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker (L) and former National Security Council Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs Tim Morrison are sworn in before testifying to the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 19, 2019.
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There are two witnesses testifying this afternoon.  

One is Kurt Volker. He's the former US special envoy to Ukraine and one of the so-called "three amigos" who were given special authority over American relations with the Eastern European country. European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland and Energy Secretary Rick Perry make up the rest of the trio. Volker has denied participating in efforts to unearth damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden, but he's provided text messages to Congress that show he talked to officials in Ukraine that President Trump had wanted, according to CNN.

The other witness is Tim Morrision who was a Russia expert with the White House's National Security Council until resigning recently. Morrision is important because he listened to Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's president and had important exchanges with Sondland about military aid for Ukraine, the Washington Post said

BACK IN ACTION

12:29 p.m.

WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?

12:20 p.m.

EXTENDED BREAK

12:01 p.m.

'ELEMENT OF SHOCK'

10:45 a.m.

ROUND OF APPLAUSE

10:24 a.m.

WHITE HOUSE COMMENTS

10:20 a.m.

JORDAN RULES

10:09 a.m.

FIREWORKS

10:02 a.m.

EYES ON REP. STEFANIK

9:36 a.m.

TRUMP CHIMES IN

9:30 a.m.

PAPER TRAIL

9:05 a.m.

Stan Bunger's desk on during impeachment hearings on Nov. 19, 2019.
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Three hours into the impeachment hearings, this is Stan Bunger's desk.

EVOLVING 'CRIMES'

9:01 a.m.

STRATEGIC QUESTIONING

8:52 a.m.

WHERE'S THE LEAKER

8:48 a.m.

BACK IN ACTION

8:37 a.m.

The Intelligence Committee members are again questioning Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service official, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official. 

TAKE A BREAK

8:19 a.m.

The committee has taken a five to 10 minute break. When it resumes, representatives on the committee will each get five minutes to question the witnesses.

NAME GAME

8:04 a.m.

EARLY REACITON

8:00 a.m.

KCBS Radio's Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor spoke with political analyst Marc Sandalow about today's hearings.

INTELLIGENCE DEBATE

7:47 a.m.

IMPEACHMENT POLLS

7:36 a.m.

What does the public think of the impeachment proceedings? FiveThirtyEight is analyzing data from opinion polls about it.

'i HAD CONCERNS'

7:22 a.m.

LINGUISTIC SKILLS

7:16 a.m.

DOUBLE TAKE

7:02 a.m.

BODY LANGUAGE

6:57 a.m.

GOP 'S (LIKELY) RESPONSE

6:49 a.m.

HEAVY MEDAL

6:44 a.m.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council Director for European Affairs, walks through the halls of the Longworth House Office Building on Nov. 19, 2019.
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​Lt. Col Alexander Vindman wears a lot of medals and ribbons on his Army officer's uniform.  Some of them: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He also owns the Ranger Tab, signifying completion of Army Ranger School.  He's also a Purple Heart recipient.

—Stan Bunger

AN 'UNUSUAL' CALL

6:38 a.m.

INTRODUCING THE WITNESSES

ennifer Williams, adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for European and Russian affairs, and National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman arrive to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 19, 2019.
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6:29 a.m.

Who are these witnesses? 

Jennifer Williams is a longtime Foreign Service officer who was assigned earlier this year to the staff of Vice President Mike Pence.  In that capacity, she listened in to the controversial July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky.

Lt. Col Alexander Vindman is a decorated career military officer assigned to the staff of the National Security Council.  He was wounded by a roadside bomb while on duty in Iraq. He also raised concerns about the July 25 Trump-Zelensky call.

—Stan Bunger

MEDIA ON TRIAL

6:22 a.m.

TECHNICAL CHALLENGE

6:17 a.m.

IN SESSION

6:09 a.m.

Rep. Adam Schiff , Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has officially opened the session and is beginning with a statement.

READY FOR DAY THREE

6:01 a.m.

The view inside KCBS Radio's studio on Nov. 19, 2019.
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And we're all set. View from Studio A . Doug Sovern will set up in his listening post to monitor today's testimony. We start in a few minutes with  witnesses Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence and Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert for the National Security Council appearing before the House Intelligence Conmmitee.

—Stan Bunger