The impeachment inquiry of United States President, Donald Trump, will enter a new and critical phase on Wednesday with the first public hearings set to begin after weeks of close-door testimony.
The US is set to mark a historic moment as Democrats unveil public inquiry against Trump for abusing the power of the presidency by withholding political support and US security assistance from Ukraine until President Volodymyr Zelenskyy agreed to announce investigations involving Trump’s political opponents.
Reports said the House Intelligence Committee will on Wednesday hear from William Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Trump had earlier expressed fears he may lose power in the ongoing impeachment probe launched by Democrats.
Worried by the fast-moving pace of the impeachment inquiry, Trump had exhorted fellow Republicans to get tougher and fight for him, saying the Democrat-led US House of Representatives wants to impeach him “as quick as possible” over his request that Ukraine investigate a political rival.
Trump made the comments weeks ago during a White House Cabinet meeting as Democrats sought to build public support for the impeachment inquiry.
When asked if it is a foregone conclusion that House Democrats will vote to impeach him, Trump said that “they’re not going to beat me in the election, so, of course, they want to impeach”.