Once every 20 to 100 years or so, a US president gets impeached. This is the formal federal process wherein Congress investigates claims of wrongdoing against the sitting leader of the free world. Now it’s Donald Trump in the hot seat. Public hearings began on Wednesday and continue today. They’ll be happening through next week as well.
The trouble began when a whistleblower’s complaint revealed a phone call in which President Trump appeared to ask Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky for help investigating the son of former vice president Joe Biden, Trump’s most prominent political rival. Gobs of messy details have spilled out since then, culminating in the launch of official impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives.
This week, three witnesses who listened in on the call between Trump and Zelensky will be questioned in public proceedings: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council specialist on Ukraine who voiced his concern about the nature of the phone call; Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence; and Tim Morrison, a National Security Council staffer. Also testifying is former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, who worked with Rudy Giuliani as part of the “three amigos,” the group accused of pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden.
As with the impeachments of former presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, this one is being broadcast live across major news networks. Here’s how to follow along:
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