Trump impeachment inquiry: Public hearing schedule

Public hearings are set to get under way next week. Here's who is scheduled to testify.

    President Donald Trump waves after speaking to reporters upon arrival at the White House in Washington, DC [File: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo]
    President Donald Trump waves after speaking to reporters upon arrival at the White House in Washington, DC [File: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo]

    Schedule

    Nov 13

    • William Taylor
    • George Kent

    Nov 15

    • Marie Yovanovitch 
    Nov 19
    • Jennifer Williams
    • Alexander Vindman 
    • Kurt Volker 
    • Tim Morrison 
    Nov 20
    • Gordon Sondland 
    • Laura Cooper 

    Nov 21 

    • Fiona Hill 

    Public hearings in US House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump are scheduled to get under way this week, marking a new phase in the probe. 

    Until this point, House investigators have held only closed-door sessions with a number of current and former officials. 

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    The impeachment inquiry is centred on a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in which the US president asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is also a frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential race and his son, Hunter, who had served on the border of a Ukrainian gas company. The request came as Trump withheld nearly $400m in military aid to Ukraine, prompting speculation that the US president was using the money as leverage for the investigation. 

    There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. Trump maintains there was no quid pro quo (Latin for "favour for a favour") and has labelled the impeachment inquiry a "witch-hunt". 

    During the public hearings, lawyers for the committees involved in the investigation will conduct questioning for extended periods of time. 

    Here's the schedule* for the public hearings announced so far: 

    Wednesday, November 13

    • William Taylor, a US career diplomat who serves as the charge d'affaires in the US embassy in Ukraine. Read more about his closed-door testimony here
    • George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for Eastern Europe
    William Taylor
    Ambassador William Taylor is escorted by US Capitol Police as he arrives to testify before House committees as part of the Democrats' impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump [J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo] 

    Friday, November 15

    • Marie Yovanovitch, former US ambassador to Ukraine. Read more about Yovanovitch's closed-door testimony here

    Tuesday, November 19

    Morning 

    • Jennifer Williams, the special adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for Europe and Russia
    • Alexander Vindman, a US Army officer assigned to the National Security Council. Read more about Vindman's closed-door testimony here

    Afternoon 

    • Kurt Volker, a former US special envoy to Ukraine. Read more about Volker's closed-door testimony here.  
    • Timothy Morrison, a White House aide with the National Security Council 

    Wednesday, November 20

    Morning

    • Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union. Read more about Sondland's closed-door testimony here.  

    Afternoon 

    • Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defence for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasian affairs

    Thursday, November 21

    • Fiona Hill, former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia 

    *Schedule will be updated as hearings are announced

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News