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    The first congressional public impeachment hearing in 20 years began on Thursday with William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, testifying for over five hours to the House.

    The second day of the public hearings in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump began on Friday, marked by the testimony of former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovich, who was sacked by the president in May.

    US House Democrats launched an impeachment probe into President Trump on 24 September following claims by an alleged intelligence community whistleblower that Trump had threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter during a phone conversation that took place on 25 July. 

    Trump denies any wrongdoing and insists that the phone call with his foreign counterpart was "perfect".

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    • 00:38

      Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Claims Her Dismissal Causes Morale at State Dept. to Plunge

      Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich told a House of Representatives impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump that morale at the State Department continues to suffer due to being recalled from her position.

      "It has had a chilling effect not only in Embassy Kiev, but throughout the State Department because people don’t know whether their efforts to pursue our stated policy are going to be supported and that is a dangerous place to be," Yovanovich said on Friday.

    • 23:45

      US Democratic Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff Claims Testimony Showed Trump Wanted to Get Former Ambassador Yovanovitch "Out of the Way"

    • 21:53

      Trump Just Expressing Opinion, Not Threatening Former Ambassador to Ukraine – White House

    • 19:40

      Yovanovitch Testifies in Congress She Visited Ukraine Front Line 10 Times to Show US Flag

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Marie Yovanovitch said on Friday in a congressional testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump that during her tenure as US ambassador to Ukraine she visited the front line ten times to show the US flag.

      "During my tenure in Ukraine, I went to the front line approximately ten times during a shooting war: to show the American flag, to hear what was going on (sometimes literally as we heard the impact of artillery) and to see how our assistance dollars were being put to use", Yovanovitch said.

      During the testimony, Yovanovitch described Ukraine as a battleground for great power competition.

      "Supporting Ukraine is the right thing to do," Yovanovitch said. "It is also the smart thing to do. If Russia prevails and Ukraine falls to Russian dominion, we can expect to see other attempts by Russia to expand its territory and influence."

    • 19:24

      Schiff Slams Trump's Tweets During Impeachment Hearing as 'Real-Time Witness Intimidation'

    • 19:13

      Ex-US Ambassador Denies Giving Ukraine ‘Do Not Prosecute List’ in Impeachment Inquiry

      Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, arrives on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Washington, as she is scheduled to testify before congressional lawmakers on Friday as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump

      Ex-US Ambassador Denies Giving Ukraine ‘Do Not Prosecute List’ in Impeachment Inquiry

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The House is holding its second public hearing with former US envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch centring around her ouster which, according to her, is pertinent to the impeachment probe against Trump.
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