Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testify in the first day of public impeachment inquiry hearings before the House Intelligence Committee.
Chairman Adam Schiff opened the hearing by saying Trump's alleged actions are not "compatible with the office of the presidency."
Republican ranking member Devin Nunes called the hearing a "coup against the President" and "televised theatrical performance."
In his opening statement, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent said he thought "Giuliani’s efforts to gin up politically motivated investigations" had infected U.S. relations with Ukraine.
William Taylor, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, agreed, saying the "official foreign policy of the United States was undercut by the irregular efforts led by Mr. Giuliani" to investigate Joe Biden and his son.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued the first public reaction to Wednesday's hearing in the House impeachment inquiry, calling it a "sham," "boring," and a "colossal waste" of time:
This sham hearing is not only boring, it is a colossal waste of taxpayer time & money. Congress should be working on passing USMCA, funding our govt & military, working on reduced drug pricing & so much more. @realDonaldTrump is working right now-the dems should follow his lead!— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) November 13, 2019