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Holiday Reading: A Recap of the Impeachment Hearings

In case you wanted to catch up on them over Thanksgiving.

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Five days, 12 witnesses, 1 embattled president. If you weren’t able to keep up with all the impeachment hearings over the last 2 weeks, or if you just want a refresher, we’ve got you covered. Here’s one major thing we learned each day.

Day 1: Bill Taylor, who is the acting ambassador to Ukraine and has the voice of Walter Cronkite, and George Kent, who is a deputy undersecretary in the State Dept. and has excellent taste in bowties, testified that they knew President Donald Trump tried to extort Ukraine in exchange for personal favors.

Day 2: Former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch explained how she was fired from her job because she didn’t want to go along with Trump’s scheme to pressure Ukraine. She also testified that she was subject to a smear campaign from the president and his allies, and Trump committed another impeachable offense — witness intimidation — while the hearing was going on.

Day 3: Witness-palooza: four different people testified, three of whom were firsthand witnesses to the Trump call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that kicked this whole thing off. Lt. Col. Vindman was a particularly compelling witness who stated plainly: “It is improper for the President of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and a political opponent."

Day 4: “Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.” Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland stole the show, spilling all the tea on how everyone in the Trump inner circle knew exactly what was going on, naming names: VP Mike Pence, Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, WH Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. He dropped bombs then left to catch a flight back to Europe, and somehow still has his job.

Day 5: The fiery closer: former National Security Adviser and all-around badass Fiona Hill testified that some friends of Rudy Giuliani who are really shady figures are "subverting U.S. foreign policy for their own personal interests.” All have been indicted for fraud and/or corruption. She also took on Rep. Devin Nunes and his conspiracy-mongering, swiftly debunking his lies about Ukraine and Russia and standing up to Vladimir Putin at the same time. State Dept. aide David Holmes, who overheard a phone call between Amb. Sondland and President Trump, testified that he learned from that call that Trump only cared about an investigation into the Bidens, and not any other aspect of Ukraine policy. He also took on Rep. Jim Jordan, and won.

You can watch all the full hearings on our YouTube channel.

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