LIVE UPDATES: Day 5 Of Trump Impeachment Hearings

November 21, 2019 - 7:58 am
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Two more witnesses are scheduled to testify publicly Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. 

Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council adviser, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat, will appear before the panel. 

Click here to listen to the complete, uninterrupted impeachment inquiry. 

Check back to this page for updates throughout the day from the KCBS Radio newsroom as Stan Bunger and Doug Sovern monitor the developments in Washington.

**All LIVE updates are in Eastern Time**

NO QUESTIONS FROM REP. STEWART, HILL RESPONDS

2:45 p.m.

Republican Representative Chris Stewart of Utah has also forgone asking questions of the two witnesses, Fiona Hill and David Holmes. Hill responded to the speeches by Reps. Turner and Wenstrup by defending her credibility as a witness and thanking them for their "eloquent" comments, however both had left the room after their time was up and did not hear her response.

NO QUESTIONS FROM TWO REPUBLICANS 

2:35 p.m.

Reps. Mike Turner and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio did not ask Hill or Holmes any questions. Turner used his time to criticize Fiona Hill for debunking the theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election, while Wenstrup spoke about the opposition President Trump has faced since his election. Wenstrup says his opponents need to move past "political hatred", reminding the committee of the shooting of a congressional baseball practice, which he survived. Wenstrup has also implied the impeachment inquiry is a "coup".

POLITICS VS. NATIONAL SECURITY

1:45 p.m.

Hill testifies that she was angry with E.U. Ambassador Sondland for not co-ordinating with her until she realized that a separate political mission was emerging.

Hill also praised Lt. Col. Vindman's judgment and expertise on national security. In response to some of the criticisms that have been leveled against him, she says her only concern was that he may not have had the tenor and experience to manage what was turning into a delicate political issue.

STEELE DOSSIER

1:28 p.m.

Rep. Devin Nunes opened his questioning with the Christopher Steele dossier and inquiries into the 2016 presidential election.

HEARING RESUMES

1:00 p.m.

AN EXTENDED BREAK

12:28 p.m.

Meanwhile, President Trump is having lunch with eight Republican Senators, who will soon have to weigh in on the hearings when the impeachment inquiry reaches the Senate.

BREAK TIME

11:10 a.m.

THE ACCENT

10:15 a.m.

Fiona Hill spoke directly about her distinctive accent, and like other witnesses in these hearings (Lt. Col Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch), paid homage to the opportunities afforded her by the United States. "I grew up poor with a very distinctive working-class accent. In England in the 1980s and 1990s, this would have impeded my professional advancement. This background never set me back in America."

—Stan Bunger

COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

9:48 a.m.

For what it's worth, a week of televised hearings does not appear to have moved the polling needle in favor of impeaching President Trump. As FiveThirtyEight.com reports, self-described Democrats and Republicans remain deeply entrenched in their positions, while independents have actually moved a few percentage points AWAY from support for impeachment in the last week.

—Stan Bunger

HOLMES' STATEMENT

9:41 a.m.

Read David Holmes' opening statement here.

MONEY MEN

9:35 a.m.

Although Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes differ on almost everything, they have this in common.

MINORITY HEARING

9:28 a.m.

 

FIONA HILL'S BACKSTORY

8:59 a.m.

When Fiona Hill sits down before the House Intelligence Committee in a few minutes, she plans to take aim on one argument we've been hearing from Republican members. From her prepared opening remarks: "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. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves. 

Read her opening statement here.

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