The selling of ta Donald Trump impeachment goes public….
House Democrats announced Wednesday that they will hold their first public impeachment hearings next week, marking an escalation of their investigation into President Trump‘s dealings with Ukraine.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that lawmakers initially plan to call in three witnesses as Democrats begin making their case to the public that Trump pressured a foreign power to investigate political opponents.
Schiff said that William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, and George Kent, a top State Department official, will testify next Wednesday. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch is then expected to testify next Friday.
Democrats have been moving towards holding public hearings this month as they shift the impeachment inquiry to a public phase after initially holding a series of depositions behind closed doors with current and former administration officials.
The House voted last week largely along party lines to pass a measure outlining the procedures for impeachment, and House Democrats this week released a series of transcripts of the previous closed-door depositions….