The latest on the Trump impeachment inquiry
Here are the latest developments in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump:
- GOP senators condemn process: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a resolution critical of the House impeachment process against President Trump. The resolution calls on the House to hold a vote to initiate a formal inquiry.
- Graham rejects testimony: Earlier this week, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified that he had been told that Trump had withheld military aid for Ukraine in exchange for publicly announcing investigations that could help him politically. On Thursday, Graham rejected the testimony, calling it “hearsay.” Graham argued that Taylor only talked to Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the European Union, about his conversation with Trump.
- Possible public hearings: Democrats plan on holding public hearings with some witnesses who have been deposed as part of their plan to provide some transparency to the impeachment inquiry. The hearings could begin in mid-November or after Thanksgiving depending on the witnesses.
- Trump met with senators: Trump hosted several Republican senators at the White House on Thursday for lunch. Graham, who attended the lunch, said Trump complained that he hadn’t done anything wrong, and while senators agreed the process was “flawed,” they urged him to model his response after President Bill Clinton — focus on governing.
- More depositions scheduled: Four US officials are scheduled to testify next week, as part of the investigation into Trump.