Trump impeachment hearings: What to know for Tuesday’s testimony

Four witnesses are set to testify Tuesday in the third week of public hearings on the impeachment probe into President Trump, including three who listened in on his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the House Intelligence Committee will hear from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official, and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence.

Later in the day, Kurt Volker, the former US special envoy to Ukraine — one of the “three amigos” who was involved in White House meetings — and Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council aide, will testify.

Vindman and Williams, two of the officials who listened in to the phone call in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, thought the call was troubling.

The third, Morrison, said during his closed-door deposition that he didn’t think there was anything illegal about their call, but recommended that the conversation be secured amid fears that it would leak.

How to watch

The House Intelligence Committee will stream video on YouTube, and PBS will carry the hearings live, as will C-SPAN3, C-span.org and C-SPAN Radio.

Viewers can also watch the livestream on NYPost.com.

NBC, ABC and CBS plan to interrupt regular broadcasting with special reports on the hearings.

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC plan more extensive coverage, and several news sites will also livestream the proceedings, only the fourth time in US history that the House has held such hearings.

Hearing format

Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the panel, will have 45 minutes each to question witnesses at the beginning of each hearing.

Schiff and Nunes are expected to cede part of their time to Daniel Goldman, the committee’s director of investigations, and Steve Castor, GOP counsel for the House Oversight Committee.

The hearing will then move to questioning from individual members, alternating periods of five minutes between both parties. Schiff can add additional rounds at his discretion.

Who’s testifying?

Vindman, a decorated lieutenant colonel in the Army assigned to the National Security Council, testified in his closed-door deposition that that some details had been omitted from the White House reconstruction of the July 25 call, including that Zelensky had mentioned Burisma, the company Hunter Biden worked for.

The Ukraine expert said he mentioned his concerns about the contents of the call to the NSC’s lawyer.

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the US government’s support of Ukraine,” Vindman testified.

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