Week 2 Begins for Trump Impeachment Hearings

November 19, 2019 - 8:35 am
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LISTEN NOW as a second week of public hearings begins in President Donald Trump impeachment inquiry. 

Tuesday marks the the third day there will be public testimony in the impeachment inquiry in President Donald Trump. 

The four witnesses scheduled to field questions from the House Intelligence Committee are Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Lt. Col. William Vindman, a director in the National Security Council, Ambassador Kurt Volker, who was posted in Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former national security adviser to Trump. 

Check back to this article for commentary and updates about the hearing from journalists in KCBS Radio's newsroom.

All LIVE UPDATES are in Eastern Time.

NUNES GOES VIRAL

6:18 p.m.

LONG DAY

6:08 p.m.

KNOW THE LINGO

5:32 p.m.

'RESTRICT ACCESS'

4:58 p.m.

LOOKING TO MEET

4:43 p.m.

SHARP TURN

4:19 p.m.

'CONSPIRACY THEORY'

4:08 p.m.

AFTERNOON WITNESSES: WHO ARE THEY?

3:50 p.m.

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There are two witnesses testifying this afternoon.

One is Kurt Volker. He's the former US special envoy to Ukraine and one of the so-called "three amigos" who were given special authority over American relations with the Eastern European country. European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland and Energy Secretary Rick Perry make up the rest of the trio. Volker has denied participating in efforts to unearth damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden, but he's provided text messages to Congress that show he talked to officials in Ukraine that President Trump had wanted, according to CNN.

The other witness is Tim Morrision who was a Russia expert with the White House's National Security Council. Morrision is important because he listened to Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's president and had important exchanges with Sondland about military aid for Ukraine, the Washington Post said.

BACK IN ACTION

3:29 p.m.

WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?

3:20 p.m.

EXTENDED BREAK

3:01 p.m.

'ELEMENT OF SHOCK'

1:45 p.m.

ROUND OF APPLAUSE

1:24 p.m.

WHITE HOUSE COMMENTS

1:20 p.m.

JORDAN RULES

1:09 p.m.

FIREWORKS

1:02 p.m.

EYES ON REP. STEFANIK

12:36 p.m.

TRUMP CHIMES IN

12:30 p.m.

EVOLVING 'CRIMES'

12:01 p.m.

STRATEGIC QUESTIONING

11:52 a.m.

WHERE'S THE LEAKER

11:48 a.m.

BACK IN ACTION

11:37 a.m.

The Intelligence Committee members are again questioning Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service official, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official.

TAKE A BREAK

11:19 a.m.

The committee has taken a five to 10 minute break. When it resumes, representatives on the committee will each get five minutes to question the witnesses.

NAME GAME

11:04 a.m.

EARLY REACTION

11:00 a.m.

KCBS Radio's Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor spoke with political analyst Marc Sandalow about today's hearings.

INTELLIGENCE DEBATE

10:47 a.m.

IMPEACHMENT POLLS

10:36 a.m.

What does the public think of the impeachment proceedings? FiveThirtyEight is analyzing data from opinion polls about it.

'i HAD CONCERNS'

10:22 a.m.

LINGUISTIC SKILLS

10:16 a.m.

DOUBLE TAKE

10:02 a.m.

BODY LANGUAGE

9:57 a.m.

GOP 'S (LIKELY) RESPONSE

9:49 a.m.

HEAVY MEDAL

9:44 a.m.

​Lt. Col Alexander Vindman wears a lot of medals and ribbons on his Army officer's uniform. Some of them: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He also owns the Ranger Tab, signifying completion of Army Ranger School. He's also a Purple Heart recipient.

—Stan Bunger

AN 'UNUSUAL' CALL

9:38 a.m.

INTRODUCING THE WITNESSES

Jennifer Williams and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
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9:29 a.m.

Who are these witnesses?

Jennifer Williams is a longtime Foreign Service officer who was assigned earlier this year to the staff of Vice President Mike Pence.  In that capacity, she listened in to the controversial July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky.

Lt. Col Alexander Vindman is a decorated career military officer assigned to the staff of the National Security Council.  He was wounded by a roadside bomb while on duty in Iraq. He also raised concerns about the July 25 Trump-Zelensky call.

—Stan Bunger

MEDIA ON TRIAL

9:22 a.m.

TECHNICAL CHALLENGE

9:17 a.m.

IN SESSION

9:09 a.m.

Rep. Adam Schiff , Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has officially opened the session and is beginning with a statement.

READY FOR DAY THREE

9:01 a.m.

The view inside KCBS Radio's studio on Nov. 19, 2019.
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And we're all set. View from Studio A . Doug Sovern will set up in his listening post to monitor today's testimony. We start in a few minutes with  witnesses Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence and Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert for the National Security Council appearing before the House Intelligence Conmmitee.

 

 

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