Impeachment Update

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Impeachment Update

Maddy Mudd, Staff Writer

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Washington has been abuzz with the impeachment inquiry and allegations against President Trump. Several months ago, an anonymous whistleblower came forward with allegations that Trump had asked Ukrainian officials to look into potential Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, and that if they didn’t, he would withhold $392 million in security funds.

Many witnesses and possible accomplices have been called to the stand for impeachment hearings. Different people are telling different stories and different versions of the truth, and the whole time Trump refuses there is any truth to the allegations. He is appalled by the allegations, claiming a “witch hunt” is afoot. Tuesday, November 19, Trump called the hearings a “disgrace” and an “embarrassment” as Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, an aid to the Vice President, were among four people called to testify on the Ukraine situation. During these proceedings, Trump claimed that he knew none of these people except a few of the diplomats that he must have seen in passing. 

Wednesday, everyone was excited anticipating Gordan Sondland’s testimony. It is common knowledge that in past questionings his stories did not always match up, but most officials were excited to hear his story under questioning. He is an extremely wealthy hotel business owner and an ambassador to the European Union. He has supposedly been extremely cooperative in the investigations, and was a key player in the Ukraine dealings. He was a leading figure on “the second channel” of foreign policy as witnesses are calling those that were obeying the orders of President Trump. As the day rolled around, Sondland spoke that he was not included in the incriminating call in question, and implied that it was a Burisma investigation, not a “Biden” investigation, seeing as Burisma is a holding company with a variety of power companies based in the Ukraine. It was said by other witnesses that  Burisma was simply code for Biden. Within his opening statement, Sondland said, “I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a quid pro quo? With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.” Sondland also stated that everyone was in the loop, saying that the Vice President and Secretary of State were both aware of the dealings as well. This is key testimony in the furthering of the impeachment inquiry. 

The hearings are still going on as officials continue to investigate and consider this information.