DemDaily: The Impeachment Schedule

November 8, 2019

Public hearings in the US House of Representatives' impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump are scheduled to get under way next week, marking a new phase in the proceedings.

Timeline
September 24, 2019: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House was launching an impeachment inquiry into the actions of President of the United States Donald Trump.

The primary subject of the proceedings involve the Ukraine-Trump scandal which began with a whistleblower complaint filed by a member of the intelligence community alleging corrupt actions committed by the President in his July 25, 2019 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

 

Trump is accused of withholding military aid from Ukraine in an attempt to force Zelensky to open a public investigation into former Vice President and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter, who had served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. 

 

Trump's personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is also implicated, along with senior administration officials.

House impeachment investigators issue subpoenas to the White House for documents related to Ukraine. They also issue subpoenas for senior administration officials and Trump associates, most of whom refuse to comply, including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani.

US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is a key witness (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

October 8, 2019: The White House informs House Leadership that it will not cooperate and the administration seeks to block witnesses from testifying.

October 10, 2019: Two of Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine contacts were arrested on charges of violating campaign finance laws by funneling money into the US elections. The two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, also facilitated Giuliani's introduction to Ukrainian officials who pushed for the corruption investigation against the Bidens.

October 11-30, 2019: Democratic and Republican House members on the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees, heard over 100 hours of closed-door testimony from over a dozen of the administration's top security and foreign policy advisors. Several of those were on the phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, which triggered the whistleblower scandal.

Among the most damaging testimonies: former Top Russia NSC Advisor Fiona Hill (resigned August, 2019), former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch (fired May, 2019) US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker (resigned September, 2019), chargé d'affaires for Ukraine, Bill Taylor, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine expert on the National Security Council.

Also included was US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who is mentioned in the whistleblower complaint, and who had previously been blocked by the State Department from testifying.

October 31, 2019: The US House of Representatives passes H.R.660, a resolution to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Thus began the open public phase of the inquiry.

The Committee issues additional subpoenas for senior administration, intelligence and security officials. Included on the ever-expanding list is Charles Kupperman, who was on the July 25th Trump-Yelensky call. Kupperman served as a deputy to former National Security AdviserJohn Bolton (fired September, 2019), and then as Acting National Security Adviser for eight days before resigning himself.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified privately Oct. 11, will go public in Committee hearings November 15th (Applewhite/AP)

Kupperman, who shares the same attorney as Bolton, filed a complaint in DC federal district court, seeking relief from a legal obligation to the House supboena to testify. Judge Richard Leon declined to immediately rule, extending oral arguments to December 10th.

November 4-8, 2019 : The House continues its closed-door testimony. At least seven witnesses scheduled to testify before the Committee refuse to comply.

The House Intelligence Committee Committee publicly releases the closed-door depositions, revealing explosive testimony that paints a picture of an extensive, and far-reaching, corruption campaign.

Scheduled testimony next week:

November 13, 2019 (Wednesday)
William Taylor, the top American envoy in Ukraine
George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

November 15, 2019 (Friday)
Marie Yovanovitch, former US ambassador to Ukraine

House leadership had hoped to conclude the public fact-finding hearings by Thanksgiving, but with the current schedule, and court challenges to key testimony, a final impeachment vote may not take place before Christmas -- taking it into the presidential election year.

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