Trump impeachment inquiry deepens with 2nd week of public hearings
Al Jazeera News :
The US impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump kicks off its second week of public hearings on Tuesday with four current and former United States officials set to testify.
The House Intelligence Committee will first hear from Jennifer Williams, a special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, and US Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's top Ukraine expert. They listened to the call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, that prompted a whistle-blower complaint and eventually led to the impeachment inquiry.
A second hearing will follow with Kurt Volker, the former US special envoy for Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council Russia expert.
The scheduled testimony comes after a dramatic first week of hearings that included unheard testimony, and accusations of witness intimidation as Trump attacked one of the witnesses on Twitter as a hearing got under way.
The Democratic-led House impeachment inquiry is examining whether Trump sought to leverage Zelenskyy's desire for a White House meeting and nearly $400m in frozen US security aid that Ukrainian forces needed to battle Russia-backed separatists in return for gaining political advantage over former Vice President and top presidential hopeful Joe Biden.