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...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,...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...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...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...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...more
Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison are sworn in to testify. Chip Somodevilla/Pool via REUTERS
Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes listen during the testimony of Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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
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
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 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
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
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
Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman are sworn in to testify. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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
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
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
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
A police officer stand in front of a monitor as Jennifer Williams and Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman testify. REUTERS/Erin Scott
Jennifer Williams looks back toward her lawyer Justin Shur as she testifies. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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
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
Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (L) talks with minority legal counsel Steve Castor (R) during the hearing. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS
Jennifer Williams is sworn in to testify. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe questions Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman. 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
Representative Elise Stefanik questions witnesses. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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