Impeachment Hearings Go Public


Sydney MacNaughton

Although the impeachment process is still in its early stages, much has happened in the last month. After Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry announcement, multiple hearings have been conducted within the House of Representatives, which voted on Oct. 31 to arrange the procedures for public impeachment.

In the days since the vote, Ambassador to the European Union and Trump campaign donor, Gordon Sondland, retracted previous statements he made after facing public pressure and a looming House testimony. He admitted that Donald Trump did engage in a quid pro quo with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

It has also been reported that two associates to Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were aiding the Trump attorney in finding damaging information on Joe Biden, a major political opponent to the president. It was confirmed they met with Trump himself and supported the quid pro quo. The two have since appeared in federal court and their indictments turned heads towards Giuliani and his role in the quid pro quo, prompting the ongoing investigation. 

The House has held three public hearings from top diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs George Kent, and former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.