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WHITE HOUSE — The first public impeachment hearing has ended, with more hearings to come later in the week.William Taylor, a top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, testified for more than five hours Wednesday about their knowledge of President Donald Trump’s alleged request that Ukraine investigate Democrats as the United States withheld military aid.Republicans within the Housing Intelligence Committee mentioned on multiple occasions that the witnesses didn’t have firsthand knowledge, and noted that aid to Ukraine was eventually released.Directly before the first televised impeachment hearing began, Trump tweeted out, “READ THE TRANSCRIPT!”

Taylor did, though, tell the House committee that a cellphone conversation his aid overheard between another diplomat and President Donald Trump in July shows that the president cares more about investigations into Democrat Joe Biden than he does about Ukraine, according to AP News.

President Trump is calling the public House impeachment inquiry the “single greatest scam in the history of American politics.”

Trump responded to the hearings with a new video released by the White House.

Trump says during the video filmed in the White House Rose Garden, “They’re trying to stop me because I’m fighting for you. And I’ll never let that happen.”

Early in the proceedings, Republic Rep. Mike Conway asked Schiff to subpoena the whistleblower to appear behind closed doors. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan followed up Conway’s comment by claiming that Schiff is the only member who knows the whistleblower’s identity.

Top State Department official, Kent, was asked multiple times about Hunter Biden and his relationship with the Ukrainian gas company called Burma. Kent, though, said he never saw any attempt to shield the company from scrutiny because of Biden’s connection the company, according to the AP.

The House of Representatives impeachment inquiry centers around whether President Donald Trump used the power of his presidency to solicit a foreign government to influence the 2020 U.S. election.

Specifically, he is accused of asking Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, now running for president, while withholding nearly $400 million in military aid approved by Congress.

The next televised impeachment hearing will be on Friday, and will feature former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Who’s On The Committee Doing The Questioning?

There are 13 Democrats and nine Republicans. The Democrats include: Schiff, Eric Swalwell of California, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Jim Homes of Connecticut, Terri Sewell of Alabama, Andre Carson of Indiana, Jackie Speier of California, Mike Quigley of Illinois, Denny Heck of Washington, Peter Welch of Vermont, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Val Demings of Florida and Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois.

The Republicans include: Devin Nunes of California, John Ratcliffe of Texas, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Michael Turner and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, Chris Stewart of Utah, Elise Stefanik of New York and Mike Conway and Will Hurd of Texas.

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