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Key quotes from the third public Trump impeachment hearing

Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, are sworn in to testify as the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held its third day of public hearings on November 19, 2019, in an impeachment inquiry examining President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, are sworn in to testify as the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held its third...more

Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, are sworn in to testify as the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee held its third day of public hearings on November 19, 2019, in an impeachment inquiry examining President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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Volker testified that Trump described Ukraine as "a corrupt country, full of terrible people."

"He said they 'tried to take me down,'" Volker added.

Volker said he did not know that a request to tackle corruption in Ukraine and investigate Burisma, a natural gas company, was effectively a request to investigate Biden.

"In retrospect, I should have seen that connection differently, and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections," he said.

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Volker testified that Trump described Ukraine as "a corrupt country, full of terrible people." "He said they 'tried to take me down,'" Volker added. Volker said he did not know that a request to tackle corruption in Ukraine and investigate Burisma,...more

Volker testified that Trump described Ukraine as "a corrupt country, full of terrible people." "He said they 'tried to take me down,'" Volker added. Volker said he did not know that a request to tackle corruption in Ukraine and investigate Burisma, a natural gas company, was effectively a request to investigate Biden. "In retrospect, I should have seen that connection differently, and had I done so, I would have raised my own objections," he said. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Volker's testimony conflicted in some aspects with an earlier account he gave to lawmakers.

In closed-door testimony in October, Volker said he had not heard any references to investigations during a July 10 White House meeting between U.S. and Ukrainian officials.

On Tuesday, he said Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, made a "generic" comment about investigations that everyone regarded as inappropriate.

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Volker's testimony conflicted in some aspects with an earlier account he gave to lawmakers. In closed-door testimony in October, Volker said he had not heard any references to investigations during a July 10 White House meeting between U.S. and...more

Volker's testimony conflicted in some aspects with an earlier account he gave to lawmakers. In closed-door testimony in October, Volker said he had not heard any references to investigations during a July 10 White House meeting between U.S. and Ukrainian officials. On Tuesday, he said Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, made a "generic" comment about investigations that everyone regarded as inappropriate. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, said he resigned from the National Security Council of his own volition and felt no pressure to resign, and he did not fear retaliation for his testimony in the impeachment inquiry.

In his opening statement at a public hearing, Morrison also said he did not know the identity of a whistleblower whose report helped start the inquiry.

He added the United States must continue to support Ukraine, with support from both Republicans and Democrats. 

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Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, said he resigned from the National Security Council of his own volition and felt no pressure to resign, and he did not fear retaliation for his...more

Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, said he resigned from the National Security Council of his own volition and felt no pressure to resign, and he did not fear retaliation for his testimony in the impeachment inquiry. In his opening statement at a public hearing, Morrison also said he did not know the identity of a whistleblower whose report helped start the inquiry. He added the United States must continue to support Ukraine, with support from both Republicans and Democrats. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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During the July 25 call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations that would benefit him politically, including one targeting Joe Biden. The other involved a debunked conspiracy theory embraced by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

Kurt Volker (L) said he believed those two concerns were "conspiracy theories." He added that allegations of corruption involving Biden and his son, who was a director of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, were "not credible."

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During the July 25 call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations that would benefit him politically, including one targeting Joe Biden. The other involved a debunked conspiracy theory embraced by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not...more

During the July 25 call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations that would benefit him politically, including one targeting Joe Biden. The other involved a debunked conspiracy theory embraced by some Trump allies that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Kurt Volker (L) said he believed those two concerns were "conspiracy theories." He added that allegations of corruption involving Biden and his son, who was a director of Ukrainian energy company Burisma, were "not credible." REUTERS/Erin Scott
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Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, said he did not see anything improper in the call but was concerned that its contents could leak, hurting bipartisan support for Ukraine. "I wanted access to be restricted," he said.

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Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, said he did not see anything improper in the call but was concerned that its contents could leak, hurting bipartisan support for Ukraine. "I...more

Tim Morrison, former senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, said he did not see anything improper in the call but was concerned that its contents could leak, hurting bipartisan support for Ukraine. "I wanted access to be restricted," he said. REUTERS/Erin Scott
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Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison are sworn in to testify. Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS

Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison are sworn in to testify. Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS

Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison are sworn in to testify. Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS
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Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes listen during the testimony of Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes listen during the testimony of Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes listen during the testimony of Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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On the first of two witness panels were Jennifer Williams, an aide to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs at the National Security Council.

Vindman, the White House National Security Council's top Ukraine expert and a decorated Iraq war veteran, testified that the president's request that Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival was an improper "demand," as he fended off Republican efforts to cast doubt on his competence and loyalty to the United States.

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On the first of two witness panels were Jennifer Williams, an aide to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. Vindman, the White House...more

On the first of two witness panels were Jennifer Williams, an aide to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. Vindman, the White House National Security Council's top Ukraine expert and a decorated Iraq war veteran, testified that the president's request that Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival was an improper "demand," as he fended off Republican efforts to cast doubt on his competence and loyalty to the United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Vindman: "It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and a political opponent ... It would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing bipartisan support, undermining U.S. national security and advancing Russia's strategic objectives in the region ... Without hesitation, I knew that I had to report this to the White House counsel," Vindman said when asked about his reaction to Trump's call with Zelenskiy.

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Vindman: "It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and a political opponent ... It would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing bipartisan support, undermining U.S. national...more

Vindman: "It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and a political opponent ... It would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing bipartisan support, undermining U.S. national security and advancing Russia's strategic objectives in the region ... Without hesitation, I knew that I had to report this to the White House counsel," Vindman said when asked about his reaction to Trump's call with Zelenskiy. REUTERS/Erin Scott
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, opened the impeachment hearing by addressing the alleged actions by Trump that are the focus of the inquiry he is spearheading.

"To press a foreign leader to announce an investigation into his political rival, President Trump put his own personal and political interests above those of the nation. He undermined our military and diplomatic support for a key ally, and undercut U.S. anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine."

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, opened the impeachment hearing by addressing the alleged actions by Trump that are the focus of the inquiry he is spearheading. "To press a foreign leader to announce an investigation...more

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, opened the impeachment hearing by addressing the alleged actions by Trump that are the focus of the inquiry he is spearheading. "To press a foreign leader to announce an investigation into his political rival, President Trump put his own personal and political interests above those of the nation. He undermined our military and diplomatic support for a key ally, and undercut U.S. anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine." Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS
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House Intelligence ranking member Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the committee, spent much of his opening statement denouncing the U.S. news media as "puppets of the Democratic Party" who are in "a fevered rush to tarnish and remove a president."

"The media, of course, are free to act as Democrat puppets, and they're free to lurch from the Russia hoax to the Ukraine hoax at the direction of their puppet masters. But they cannot reasonably expect to do so without alienating half the country who voted for the President they're trying to expel."

"Americans have learned to recognize fake news when they see it, and if the mainstream press won't give it to them straight, they'll go elsewhere to find it -- which is exactly what the American people are doing."

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House Intelligence ranking member Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the committee, spent much of his opening statement denouncing the U.S. news media as "puppets of the Democratic Party" who are in "a fevered rush to tarnish and remove a...more

House Intelligence ranking member Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the committee, spent much of his opening statement denouncing the U.S. news media as "puppets of the Democratic Party" who are in "a fevered rush to tarnish and remove a president." "The media, of course, are free to act as Democrat puppets, and they're free to lurch from the Russia hoax to the Ukraine hoax at the direction of their puppet masters. But they cannot reasonably expect to do so without alienating half the country who voted for the President they're trying to expel." "Americans have learned to recognize fake news when they see it, and if the mainstream press won't give it to them straight, they'll go elsewhere to find it -- which is exactly what the American people are doing." Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS
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Jennifer Williams, special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for European and Russian affairs: "On July 25th, along with several of my colleagues, I listened to a call between President Trump and President Zelenskiy ... I found the July 25th phone call unusual because, in contrast to other presidential calls I had observed, it involved discussion of what appeared to be a domestic political matter." She said the White House budget office had said Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, had directed that $391 million in security aid to Ukraine be put on hold and that she never learned why the assistance was later released in September.

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Jennifer Williams, special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for European and Russian affairs: "On July 25th, along with several of my colleagues, I listened to a call between President Trump and President Zelenskiy ... I found the July 25th phone...more

Jennifer Williams, special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for European and Russian affairs: "On July 25th, along with several of my colleagues, I listened to a call between President Trump and President Zelenskiy ... I found the July 25th phone call unusual because, in contrast to other presidential calls I had observed, it involved discussion of what appeared to be a domestic political matter." She said the White House budget office had said Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, had directed that $391 million in security aid to Ukraine be put on hold and that she never learned why the assistance was later released in September. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Vindman addressed his father during his opening statement, saying he had made the right decision to leave the Soviet Union and come to the United States in search of a better life, free of fear, for the family: "Dad, my sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol, talking to our elected officials, is proof that you made the right decision forty years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family. Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth."

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Vindman addressed his father during his opening statement, saying he had made the right decision to leave the Soviet Union and come to the United States in search of a better life, free of fear, for the family: "Dad, my sitting here today in the U.S....more

Vindman addressed his father during his opening statement, saying he had made the right decision to leave the Soviet Union and come to the United States in search of a better life, free of fear, for the family: "Dad, my sitting here today in the U.S. Capitol, talking to our elected officials, is proof that you made the right decision forty years ago to leave the Soviet Union and come here to the United States of America in search of a better life for our family. Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth." REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman are sworn in to testify. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman are sworn in to testify. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman are sworn in to testify. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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Republican Representative Jim Jordan, a Trump ally, told Alexander Vindman that his White House bosses had questioned his judgment, but Vindman read from a July employee evaluation by National Security Council official Fiona Hill that called him "brilliant" and said he exercises "excellent judgment."

Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS

Republican Representative Jim Jordan, a Trump ally, told Alexander Vindman that his White House bosses had questioned his judgment, but Vindman read from a July employee evaluation by National Security Council official Fiona Hill that called him...more

Republican Representative Jim Jordan, a Trump ally, told Alexander Vindman that his White House bosses had questioned his judgment, but Vindman read from a July employee evaluation by National Security Council official Fiona Hill that called him "brilliant" and said he exercises "excellent judgment." Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS
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Adam Schiff also addressed attacks on Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman, seen here being sworn in to testify, by the president and his supporters: "You are here today, and the American people are grateful. Colonel Vindman, we have seen far more scurrilous attacks on your character and watched as certain personalities on Fox (News) have questioned your loyalty. I note that you have shed blood for America and we owe you an immense debt of gratitude."

Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS

Adam Schiff also addressed attacks on Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman, seen here being sworn in to testify, by the president and his supporters: "You are here today, and the American people are grateful. Colonel Vindman, we have seen far more...more

Adam Schiff also addressed attacks on Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman, seen here being sworn in to testify, by the president and his supporters: "You are here today, and the American people are grateful. Colonel Vindman, we have seen far more scurrilous attacks on your character and watched as certain personalities on Fox (News) have questioned your loyalty. I note that you have shed blood for America and we owe you an immense debt of gratitude." Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS
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Vindman spoke about attacks that have been directed against him and other witnesses by Trump and his allies: "I want to take a moment to recognize the courage of my colleagues who have appeared and are scheduled to appear before this committee. I want to say that the character attacks on these distinguished and honorable public servants is reprehensible ... We are better than personal attacks."

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Vindman spoke about attacks that have been directed against him and other witnesses by Trump and his allies: "I want to take a moment to recognize the courage of my colleagues who have appeared and are scheduled to appear before this committee. I...more

Vindman spoke about attacks that have been directed against him and other witnesses by Trump and his allies: "I want to take a moment to recognize the courage of my colleagues who have appeared and are scheduled to appear before this committee. I want to say that the character attacks on these distinguished and honorable public servants is reprehensible ... We are better than personal attacks." REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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At one point, Adam Schiff (L) interrupted Devin Nunes' questioning of Vindman that appeared to be aimed at revealing the identity of the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint about Trump's July 25 call triggered the impeachment inquiry. The whistleblower's identity has remained a secret, but Trump and his allies have repeatedly attacked the individual. "These proceedings will not be used to out the whistleblower," Schiff said.

REUTERS/Erin Scott

At one point, Adam Schiff (L) interrupted Devin Nunes' questioning of Vindman that appeared to be aimed at revealing the identity of the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint about Trump's July 25 call triggered the impeachment...more

At one point, Adam Schiff (L) interrupted Devin Nunes' questioning of Vindman that appeared to be aimed at revealing the identity of the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint about Trump's July 25 call triggered the impeachment inquiry. The whistleblower's identity has remained a secret, but Trump and his allies have repeatedly attacked the individual. "These proceedings will not be used to out the whistleblower," Schiff said. REUTERS/Erin Scott
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A police officer stand in front of a monitor as Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman testify. REUTERS/Erin Scott

A police officer stand in front of a monitor as Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman testify. REUTERS/Erin Scott

A police officer stand in front of a monitor as Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman testify. REUTERS/Erin Scott
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Jennifer Williams looks back toward her lawyer Justin Shur as she testifies. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Jennifer Williams looks back toward her lawyer Justin Shur as she testifies. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Jennifer Williams looks back toward her lawyer Justin Shur as she testifies. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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Steve Castor, the Republican staff attorney, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, listen as Jennifer Williams and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testify. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS

Steve Castor, the Republican staff attorney, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, listen as Jennifer Williams and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testify. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS

Steve Castor, the Republican staff attorney, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, listen as Jennifer Williams and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testify. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS
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Some Trump allies in the conservative media have questioned Vindman's loyalty to the United States. Trump last month described Vindman, a decorated Iraq War veteran, as a "Never Trumper," using a term for Republicans who oppose Trump.

A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Army has been carrying out security assessments since Vindman expressed concerns about his family's safety. Vindman and his family could be moved to a base if the security threat against him mounts, the official added.

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Some Trump allies in the conservative media have questioned Vindman's loyalty to the United States. Trump last month described Vindman, a decorated Iraq War veteran, as a "Never Trumper," using a term for Republicans who oppose Trump. A U.S....more

Some Trump allies in the conservative media have questioned Vindman's loyalty to the United States. Trump last month described Vindman, a decorated Iraq War veteran, as a "Never Trumper," using a term for Republicans who oppose Trump. A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Army has been carrying out security assessments since Vindman expressed concerns about his family's safety. Vindman and his family could be moved to a base if the security threat against him mounts, the official added. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (L) talks with minority legal counsel Steve Castor (R) during the hearing. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS

Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (L) talks with minority legal counsel Steve Castor (R) during the hearing. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS

Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (L) talks with minority legal counsel Steve Castor (R) during the hearing. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS
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Jennifer Williams is sworn in to testify. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Jennifer Williams is sworn in to testify. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Jennifer Williams is sworn in to testify. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe questions Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS

Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe questions Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS

Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe questions Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS
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Adam Schiff, (R) seen with Democratic legal counsel Daniel Goldman (L) and a staff member, opened the hearing by addressing the allegations against Trump that he asked Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations that would benefit Trump politically: "If the president abused his power and invited foreign interference in our elections, if he sought to condition, coerce, extort, or bribe an ally into conducting investigations to aid his reelection campaign and did so by withholding official acts -- a White House meeting or hundreds of millions of dollars of needed military aid -- it will be up to us to decide, whether those acts are compatible with the office of the presidency."

Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS

Adam Schiff, (R) seen with Democratic legal counsel Daniel Goldman (L) and a staff member, opened the hearing by addressing the allegations against Trump that he asked Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations that would benefit Trump politically:...more

Adam Schiff, (R) seen with Democratic legal counsel Daniel Goldman (L) and a staff member, opened the hearing by addressing the allegations against Trump that he asked Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations that would benefit Trump politically: "If the president abused his power and invited foreign interference in our elections, if he sought to condition, coerce, extort, or bribe an ally into conducting investigations to aid his reelection campaign and did so by withholding official acts -- a White House meeting or hundreds of millions of dollars of needed military aid -- it will be up to us to decide, whether those acts are compatible with the office of the presidency." Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS
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Representative Elise Stefanik questions witnesses. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Representative Elise Stefanik questions witnesses. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Representative Elise Stefanik questions witnesses. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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