Impeachment hearings have resumed in the House today and feature some previously-heard witnesses as well as some new ones. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, whose opening statement for his closed-door testimony was previously released, will be a featured witness. Lt. Col. Vindman was present for the now-infamous July 25 phone call between Presidents Trump and Zelensky and raised a red flag with the National Security Council’s legal counsel afterward.
A second prominent witness today is Jennifer Williams, Vice President Pence’s Russia advisor. Williams is another witness who was present for the July 25 call.
Over the weekend, President Trump took to Twitter to attack Williams, calling her a “Never Trumper.” Left unsaid was why the vice president would hire a Never Trumper to his staff.
Additionally, the House is expected to hear from NSC member Tim Morrison and Ambassador Kurt Volker in the afternoon. Morrison is another witness who heard the July 25 phone call. In private testimony, Morrison said that he heard that he heard directly from Gordon Sondland that the Ukraine aid was being withheld as part of a quid pro quo ordered by President Trump.
Kurt Volker was the former special envoy to Ukraine and was a part of the shadow diplomacy group that pressed the Ukrainians to open investigations into debunked theories about a Ukrainian connection to foreign meddling in the 2016 elections, a claim that originated with Vladimir Putin. Volker, who resigned after the whistleblower account became public, has denied knowledge of a quid pro quo.