Yovanovitch also was mentioned in the president’s July 25 call with his Ukrainian counterpart. Trump said she was “bad news” and “going to go through some things,” according to the White House summary of the call.
What are the two sides saying?
House Democrats argue that Trump abused his authority in pressing the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens.
Trump also pushed for a probe into the 2016 election, believing it was Ukraine and not Russia that meddled in the contest.
Republicans insist the evidence does not support the allegations that “Trump pressured Ukraine to conduct investigations into the president’s political rivals” and does not support the allegations that “Trump covered up misconduct or obstructed justice,” the GOP wrote in a memo on strategy.
GOP lawmakers have called the House probe a sham, while the president himself has called it an attempted coup.
What happens next?
Democrats consider the open hearings crucial to building public support for a formal impeachment vote against Trump.
Both testified behind closed doors of their concerns about the Trump administration’s effort to push Ukraine to investigate Democrats.
Eventually, the Intelligence Committee will send a report of its findings to the Judiciary Committee, which would decide whether to pursue articles of impeachment against the president.
If that occurs, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial on the charges. Republicans have so far shown little stomach for removing Trump from office, which would require a two-thirds vote in the Senate.
A House vote on impeachment could come by Christmas.