By Fernando Alfonso III, CNN
9: 06 am ET, October 19, 2019
More witnesses are expected to testify next week as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Here’s a day-by-day look at what we’re expecting next week:
- Tuesday:Top US diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor is scheduled to testify before House committee, according to a GOP source
- (Wednesday:) Philip Reeker, the Acting Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department, is expected to testify
- Thursday:Alexander Vindman, the director of European affairs with the National Security Council, is expected to testify
- Next Friday:Suriya Jayanti, a foreign service officer stationed in Kiev, and Timothy Morrison , a top Russia adviser at the National Security Council, are expected to testify
Here are the latest developments in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump:
- Mick Mulvaney’s comments: He told reporters on Thursday that the Trump administration “held up the money” for Ukraine because the President wanted to investigate “corruption” in Ukraine related toa conspiracy theory involvingthe whereabouts of the Democratic National Committee’s computer server hacked by Russians during the last presidential campaign. On Friday, President Trump was asked to clarify hisacting chief of staff’s remarksin the briefing room. Trump responded: “I think he clarified it.” Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Mulvaney’s comments a “confession” – and said it’s an example of the administration trying to make “lawlessness normal and even make lawlessness a virtue.”
- Testimony on Hunter BidenCareer diplomat George Kent (told) congressional investigators earlier this week he had voiced concerns in early 2015 about Hunter Biden working for a Ukrainian natural gas company, the Washington Postreported (Friday.)
- Republicans blast inquiry: House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said he expects a vote to censure Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff will “come up Monday.” Republican Rep. Jim Jordan slammed the House impeachment probe as “partisan” and “unfair,” saying Schiff is “the new special counsel.”
- GOP lawmaker on impeachment:Rep. Francis Rooney, a Republican from Florida, would not rule out the prospects of supporting impeaching the President. He called Mulvaney’s acknowledgment about withholding Ukraine aid “troubling,” saying it is “not a good thing” to do that in connection “with threatening foreign leaders.”
- Rick Perry is resigning: The Energy Secretary yesterday said his resignation “has nothing to do with Ukraine” and he’s “looking to get back to Texas.” He said he’s leaving his post later this year.