Trump’s impeachment hearing concludes

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The first of two public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry has concluded after about four and a half hours of testimony from Lt Col Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams.

In his closing statement, Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House intelligence committee, declared, “Act one of today’s circus is over.”

But committee chairman Adam Schiff used his opening statement to once again lay out the accusations against Trump and argue the witnesses’ testimony today had contradicted Republicans’ claims that the president mentioned investigations into Joe Biden and the 2016 election because he cared about Ukrainian corruption.

Democratic representative Raja Krishamoorthi expressed his concerns that Lt Col Alexnader Vindman was being attacked partly because he is an immigrant.

Krishamoorthi, a fellow immigrant, added that he hoped Vindman was as proud to be an American as he was, becoming emotional as he spoke.

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Raja choked up when he asked whether Vindman is as proud to be an America as he is.