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THE CALL: William Taylor details conversations with Ukraine leaders



In a pillared House chamber at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, in the shadow of the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, House Democrats are set to host the first public hearing involving the potential impeachment of a president since November 19, 1998 — and, they insist, they aren’t happy about it.

“It’s a sad day,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, told Fox News on Tuesday. “A calm day. A prayerful day.” For his part, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called the hearings a “solemn undertaking” in a letter to colleagues.

Behind the scenes, House Democrats were predicting a “phenomenal week,” Fox News is told. At the same time, Republicans have been preparing a methodical and vigorous cross-examination of Democrats’ witnesses, whose accounts of President Trump’s alleged wrongdoing have been based largely on hearsay and intuition.

Capitol Hill security officials told Fox News they’re not anticipating the kinds of organized protests that rocked the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh last year, but sources on both sides of the aisle have cautioned that the day will be unpredictable. The proceedings are to be held in the cavernous House Ways and Means Committee hearing room at the Longworth House Office Building.

With the bang of a gavel, Schiff will open the impeachment hearings Wednesday into Trump’s alleged pressure on Ukraine to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden’s dealings in the country. The former vice president, a Democrat, has boasted about pressuring Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, as his son Hunter Biden held a lucrative role board of a Ukrainian natural gas company despite having little relevant expertise.

A whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ignited the impeachment investigation. During the hearing Wednesday, a key exchange during that 30-minute call, which has been outlined in a Sept. 24 transcript released by the White House, could take center stage. Zelensky has said he felt no pressure during the call.

“I would like you to do us a favor though,” Trump said at one point in the call, after a mention of U.S. military aid to Ukraine. Ukraine apparently was not aware that the U.S. was withholding new military aid until August, approximately two weeks before the U.S. ultimately released the aid and well after Trump’s phone call with Zelensky.

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Garry Harris
Garry Harris
7 months ago

I think That America should Cut off all Payment of American Tax Dollars Until America its Tax Payers get the Truth from all these Other Countries Involved and not a Red Cent Goes to Them until the American People are Satisfied with the Results which is the Truth with Strate and Pure EVIDENCE no hearsay and when the Laws of this Country are abided by all Including the Democrats that want to Change Laws in the Middle of everything. Adam Schiff and Pelosi and all involved in trying to Unseat Trump since Day 1 should be Removed from Office and… Read more »

Earthdogbonzo3
Earthdogbonzo3
7 months ago

This guy is stumbling because Schiff wrote the script!
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Darlene Hanfmann
Darlene Hanfmann
7 months ago

Where the hell was this guy all the 8 years of Obama administration???? Really THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WONT STAND FOR A HANDS OFF POLICY OF THESE TRAITORS. Trump 2020♥️

great outdoors
great outdoors
7 months ago

America wants this disgusting president behind bars

ram bo
ram bo
7 months ago

This sounds like Shiff wrote this for him to read…And none of these people talking today were on the call .

Buddy Duncan
Buddy Duncan
7 months ago

I'm my perspective as a taxpayer my damn money shouldn't go to a country other than the United States Of America and Israel

hubert chibuye
hubert chibuye
7 months ago

I have only seen Democrats asking questions, where are the Republican's questions?

Lucila Jalandone
Lucila Jalandone
7 months ago

To David Higgins I dont see bad for president the only bad for the other side they reject him as being a president the people they elected him as a president of the country the people have a power to select their leader and remember your country have a treaty what the problem is not your response

David Higgins
David Higgins
7 months ago

Watching the live Impeachment Inquiry today It is all starting to look like that scene in the Sixth Sense, where that gathered group at that home, standing around a video just starting to play on a TV of the Mother poisoning the child, the mother walks into the room and they all look at themselves shocked with mouths a gasp and then at the mother. That is Now the Public looking at Trump.

Tom Lemke
Tom Lemke
7 months ago

Why did this guy have to keep his eyes peeled on that piece of paper because he did not write it I'm sure Schumer wrote that because that's what he wants people to hear we all know he is a liar a cheat steals money from other countries that's how they make their wealth and power this is all a sham you can see right through it if you're real and not being controlled

Michael Wallace
Michael Wallace
7 months ago

This guy is trying to hide the facts behind how boring he is. Killing me. Nothing burger. The biggest takeaway is there were two different channels of communication. Wouldn't you have something to that effect if you knew the deep state was out to get you?

Jaso Foo
Jaso Foo
7 months ago

“Fire the prosecutor or your not getting a billion dollars”!-Biden

Jaso Foo
Jaso Foo
7 months ago

5 minutes in , and nothing about a whistle blower , this is a clown show ! Waste of money

Jaso Foo
Jaso Foo
7 months ago

Where is Europe and Germany in helping Ukraine ? Dumb clown !

Jaso Foo
Jaso Foo
7 months ago

Another poem by Adam schiffy lube

Jaso Foo
Jaso Foo
7 months ago

Dumb ! Who cares

delta229
delta229
7 months ago

First sentence "My Perspective"

David Higgins
David Higgins
7 months ago

WOW!, listening live to the hearings it is looking bad for Trump, the Republicans wanted open hearings, they got it, but they won't like it. Trumptards had best stick their head in their Political Bucket of Sand, ie Fox News TV if they don't want to know what is going on. Far better though would be for them to tune into a live broadcast of the Impeachment inquiry, they may possibly wise up. Just a majority in the Senate may bring about a Secret final vote to be held, then should it go before them a 2/3rds majority of Senators… Read more »

Frank Martin
Frank Martin
7 months ago

Why in the hell are Americans listening to someone's testimony when Trump made the transcript public. Are you'll that stupid that you gave to listen to other stupid people like Adams Schiff.

Cathie B
Cathie B
7 months ago

So it's about what he felt and not knowing on many things as to why!

John Salvage
John Salvage
7 months ago

Looking on from England. I have never seen such rubbish as these people giving evidence gained through hearsay. What is wrong with your country to allow idiot Democrats to control the narrative like this. Hopefully your citizens will see the light and send the corrupt left to Gitmo !

Allen Chilaxin
Allen Chilaxin
7 months ago

3rd hand info

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