Trump impeachment probe to focus on more key witnesses this week

Source : 112 Ukraine

Veteran State Department officer William Taylor and at least four other witnesses are about to speak before congressional committees
16:12, 21 October 2019


Democrats, who are leading Trump's impeachment inquiry, are expected to hear another round of crucial testimony this week, including from the acting ambassador to Ukraine who had raised concerns that security aid was being withheld to apply improper political pressure, Reuters reports.

Veteran State Department officer William Taylor and at least four other witnesses will be the latest in a parade of career diplomats and current and former U.S. officials to speak before congressional committees.

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Taylor, whose closed-door testimony is set for Tuesday, could be one of the most important witnesses yet. He is expected to be followed later in the week by a senior State Department diplomat, White House officials, and a Pentagon Ukraine policy expert, according to an official working on the inquiry.

As we reported earlier, US Ambassador in the EU Gordon Sondland testified before the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress; he explained how President Trump's relations with the new Ukrainian government shaped and evolved.

Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's former top Russia adviser, has also testified in the impeachment inquiry against the U.S. president over his request that Ukraine investigates a political rival.

Hill recounted a July 10 meeting in Washington that she attended with senior Ukrainian and U.S. officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, according to a person familiar with her testimony.

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