The House Intelligence Committee has announced that it will hold its first public testimony in the impeachment inquiry next week.
The first three people to publicly testify will be Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, Ukrainian diplomat William Taylor and Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said, “Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves and make their own determinations about the credibility.”
These public testimonies mark a new phase in the investigation. Up until now, more than a dozen people have been interviewed behind closed doors. Some of those interviews were made public earlier this week — sort of — when the committee released transcripts.
Many Republicans have been vocal about how the Dems are handling the secretive impeachment investigations. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said,
“There was no announcement of investigations, no statement, no actual investigation started, so none of that is all happening and it’s all based on what someone told someone.”
It will be interesting to see how things change once the facts are no longer being hidden from the public.
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