The House has started public hearings into whether President Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency by pressuring Ukraine’s newly elected president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in return for U.S. military aid and other assistance.
First up were the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, and career State Department official George Kent, who linked Trump to a demand that Ukraine publicly probe Biden, one of Trump's political rivals, and Biden's son, Hunter, while the administration froze military aid Ukraine needed to counter Russian aggression. The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who was reassigned after being disparged by Trump's allies, is up next. All have previously testified privately.
House Leader Nancy Pelosi had been turning back efforts to oust the president since the release of the Mueller report in April, but on Sept. 24 announced that the House had begun a formal impeachment inquiry. After the first hearing, Pelosi accused the president of committing bribery, mention in the Constitution's impeachment clause.
The inquiry was sparked by a whistleblower's complaint that centered on a phone call that Trump had on July 25 with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump maintains that he did nothing wrong and has angrily accused Democrats of trying to stymie his presidency.
In the midst of the fast-moving events, Trump released a summary of his conversation with Zelenskiy. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., made public a declassified, redacted version of the whistleblower's complaint.
As the inquiry moves forward, Democrats are investigating what role Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Bill Barr and Rudy Giuliani played in the president's interactions with Ukraine. A parade of diplomats and White House officials have been drawn into the process. (Click here for a who's who in the Trump-Ukraine affair.)
Here’s a timeline of developments related to Trump and Ukraine, updated on a near daily basis. Most recent events appear first. Choose to read the timeline by selected key moments or click the 'full timeline' tab for more details.
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