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3 key witnesses provide testimony on 4th day of public impeachment hearings

WATCH: Sondland: Trump pushed for quid pro quo with Ukraine

Wednesday marked the fourth day of public hearings looking into whether or not U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions when he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden’s son is impeachable conduct.

Cooper says Ukrainian officials asked about aid in July
Cooper says Ukrainian officials asked about aid in July

The hearing began with testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who was allegedly overheard while on the phone, discussing the status of “the investigations” with Trump.

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Sondland is possibly the most important figure in the scheme to pressure the Ukrainians. He has already revised his closed-door testimony to corroborate the central allegation of a “quid pro quo.”

A second hearing in the afternoon heard from Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs as well as David Hale, Under Secretary of State for political affairs.

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Bombshell testimony at impeachment inquiry in Washington
Bombshell testimony at impeachment inquiry in Washington

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses.

Once these public hearings conclude, the committee will summarize its findings in a report and send it to the House Judiciary Committee.

-with files from Jackson Proskow.