WASHINGTON â€“ After weeks of closed-door depositions, the American public will finally be able to watch theÂ historic hearings of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump in real-time as the House moves into the public phase of the inquiry,Â beginning Wednesday.
The men are scheduled to begin testifying at 10 am ET, and are set to appear together.
You can watch the public hearings live through a stream onÂ USATODAY.com, and catch up with live blog coverage from USA Today’s D.C. bureau staff.
The impeachment inquiry is built upon Trumpâ€™s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, when he urged the investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden while withholding nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine. House Democrats contend the move and efforts to conceal it later as potentialÂ impeachable offenses.
In the closed-door depositions last month,Â TaylorÂ described two channels of diplomacy in regards to Ukraine: one for the State Department and one for RudyÂ Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer.
Taylor also testifiedÂ he learned from Gordon Sondland, the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, thatÂ “â€˜Everythingâ€™ was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistanceâ€ regarding Zelensky publicly declaring investigations into BidenÂ and 2016 election interference.
Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasia affairs, similarly said from his closed-door testimony thatÂ Trump â€œwanted nothing less than Zelensky to go to [the] microphone and say â€˜investigations, Biden and Clinton.'”
He also describedÂ Giuliani’s role in guiding the policy and driving criticism of the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
The hearing of Taylor and Kent is expected to end between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
The committee will later hear from Yovanovitch on Friday at 9 am ET. She previously testified in a closed-door deposition last monthÂ that sheÂ was ousted as the Ambassador to Ukraine as part of a campaignÂ to discredit her led by Giuliani, in response to her anti-corruption work in the region.
You can catch coverage of all the hearings and latest impeachment news USATODAY.com.
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