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WASHINGTON – The House Intelligence Committee is set to resume public impeachment hearings again on Thursday morning. Current and former officials have been testifying this week in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Here are the latest updates from Washington (Latest updates will appear at top, all times ET):
9 a.m. – Testimony is expected to begin soon in Day 5 of the public impeachment hearings.
Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia, is testifying publicly one month after giving a closed-door deposition. Hill worked directly under then-National Security Council Adviser John Bolton and testified that Bolton cut a White House meting with visiting Ukrainians short when Ambassador Gordon Sondland asked them about “the investigations.”
The second witness is David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. Holmes gave a closed-door deposition last week but was later called to testify in the public hearings. Holmes said he was having lunch with Ambassador Sondland when he heard President Trump on the phone asking about “the investigations.” He testified that the call was “extremely distinctive” and said he’d “never seen anything like this.”
8:30 a.m. – Fiona Hill’s opening statement has been released online.
According to a document obtained by NBC News and CNN, Hill is expected to confront the House Intelligence Committee about what she’s calling a conspiracy.
“Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country – and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did,” the statement says. “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”
Host J.B. Biunno and political reporter Evan Donovan will break down this week’s hearings beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET Thursday. They will be joined by political analysts to provide in-depth analysis of the proceedings.
Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia expert and Mr. David Holmes, Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine will testify beginning at 9 a.m. ET.
Hill had previously told House investigators that then-National Security Adviser John Bolton instructed her to report her concerns about Rudy Giuliani and Trump’s dealings with Ukraine to NSC lawyers.
Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor, testified in his closed-door deposition that he overheard President Trump discuss “investigations” with Gordon Sondland in a phone call on July 26.
The impeachment inquiry all started with an anonymous whistleblower’s complaint, turned over to Congress in early September, that Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 US election in a series of events culminating in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.