14 Nov 2019

Public phase of Presidential impeachment enquiry

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 14 November 2019
Charge d'Affaires at the US embassy in Ukraine Bill Taylor (left) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia George Kent (right) are sworn in to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump

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The impeachment inquiry into  US President Donald Trump has started a critical new phase, with the first public hearings underway.

The inquiry is attempting to establish if the President sought help from Ukraine to boost his chances of re-election next year, by pressuring the Ukraine to investigate one of the president's main Democrat challengers Joe Biden, and his son Hunter. 

American political commentator, Ron Elving, takes a break from commentating on the public hearings for NPR to speak with Kathryn Ryan.