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Friday, July 23, 2021

Testimony resumes after legal victory for Dems

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Testimony resumes after legal victory for Dems
Testimony resumes after legal victory for Dems

The Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump resumed on Saturday with testimony from a senior State Department official, a day after a federal judge buoyed the probe by dismissing Republican claims that it was illegitimate.

Jonah Green reports.

The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump resumed Saturday with testimony from a senior State Department official.

Philip Reeker, the acting assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, arrived on Capitol Hill to meet with the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight Committees behind closed doors.

Investigators are expected to ask Reeker about Trump's abrupt dismissal of Marie Yovanovitch in May as ambassador to Ukraine.

According to emails given to congressional committees this month, Reeker was among diplomats who sought to intervene when Trump supporters accused Yovanovitch of being disloyal to the president.

The impeachment inquiry has underscored what current and former U.S. officials describe as a campaign by Trump against career diplomats.

Several have already met with congressional investigators, including William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, who told House investigators that Trump made the release of military aid to Ukraine contingent on Kiev publicly declaring it would carry out politically beneficial investigations that he demanded.

Reeker’s testimony comes a day after a U.S. District Judge rejected Republicans' claim that the impeachment process is illegitimate, as she ordered the Trump administration to give the House Judiciary Committee an unredacted copy of Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Democrats sought access to that material as part of their efforts to investigate Trump.

The ruling is a major blow to President Trump and his allies, who have said that the impeachment inquiry is a sham and a witch hunt.


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