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House Democrats announce 8 witnesses for next week's public impeachment hearings

Next week, eight witnesses are expected to testify publicly in the House impeachment inquiry, including Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, House Democrats announced Tuesday.

The witnesses will appear before the House Intelligence Committee. Two hearings are set for Nov. 19, two more on Nov. 20, and one on Nov. 21. Jennifer Williams, an aide in Vice President Mike Pence's office, and Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, will testify Tuesday morning, followed by Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special representative for Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a Russia adviser on the NSC, on Tuesday afternoon. Sondland will appear Wednesday morning, with Pentagon official Laura Cooper and top State Department diplomat David Hale scheduled for the afternoon. Fiona Hill, former Russia policy official on the NSC, will be the sole witness testifying on Thursday.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor will be the first witnesses to testify publicly on Wednesday. Both testified behind closed doors to House investigators that they were concerned over Rudy Giuliani's perceived attempts to pressure Ukraine into launching investigations into President Trump's political rivals.