Impeachment Inquiry: More damaging testimony

(NBC News) Foreshadowing the fight to come over the impeachment inquiry, members of the House Rules Committee debated language Wednesday set to be voted on by the entire House.

The resolution formally sets the next steps in the investigation, including open hearings with more extensive questioning from both parties.

“We are taking our responsibility seriously and this resolution proves that,” Massachusetts’ Rep. Jim McGovern said.

At the same time, closed-door testimony continued, with lawmakers hearing from two State Department Ukraine advisors.

The current advisor, Catherine Croft, testified she was told the order to withhold military aid to Ukraine came “at the direction of the president.”

“I think we know that there was a direct link between the suspension of military aid and what the president and Mr. Giuliani were seeking, namely political dirt on a prospective political opponent,” Virginia’s Rep. Gerry Connolly said.

Republicans insist a White House summary of President Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s leader clears him of wrongdoing, but Tuesday’s explosive testimony raised new questions.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, told Congress the call summary omitted “crucial words and phrases,” including part of the discussion about Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Lt. Col. Vindman also testified that he reported concerns twice that the Trump administration was pushing Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

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