4 key developments in the impeachment inquiry

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House Democrats continue to move forward with their investigation inquiry into President Trump today as Congress returned from a two-week recess.

If you’re just tuning in, here’s the latest on the inquiry:

Another witness is testifying:

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent arrived at the Capitol this morning for his behind closed-doors deposition in the impeachment inquiry.

His testimony is in front of the House Intel/Foreign Affairs/Oversight committees. Kent, who has been in the foreign service since 1992, currently oversees policy for a number of eastern European nations, including Ukraine. Before that, he was the deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Kiev.

Kent was among the career officials who sought to shield former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch from the campaign of false allegations against her in March 2019, according to internal emails turned over to Congress by State Department Inspector General Steve Linick in early October. Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post in May, testified to the House Committees on Friday.

Those emails show Kent, along with Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker, working to provide department counselor Ulrich Brechbuhl and Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale with facts to counter the conspiratorial narratives being pushed about the career diplomat.

Hunter Biden speaks out:

In an interview with ABC News, excerpts of which aired on Good Morning America today, Hunter Biden said he did “not necessarily” think he was a distraction to his father, Joe Biden’s, presidential campaign. Biden also denied taking $1.5 billion “payoff” from China.

Biden announced that he will resign at the end of the month from his board role in the management company of a private equity fund backed by Chinese state-owned entities, according to a statement released Sunday by his attorney.

Trump tweets:

President Trump tweeted this morning that Hunter Biden “was really bad on @GMA” adding that “Now Sleepy Joe has real problems!”

Trump compared the situation surrounding Hunter Biden to “Crooked Hillary and her 33,000 deleted Emails.”

The interview was the first time Hunter Biden had responded to questions about his foreign business ties, which President Trump, his attorney Rudy Giuliani and his Republican allies used to characterize the former vice president’s family as corrupt. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.  

Trump has pushed an unproven accusation that then-Vice President Biden improperly tried to help his son by pressuring the Ukrainian government to fire the country’s prosecutor general. Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company at the time.


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