Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former National Security Council Russia adviser Tim Morrison are testifying Tuesday afternoon in the second public impeachment hearing of the day.
Why it matters: Axios' Alayna Treene reports that Republicans think Volker and Morrison will be their star witnesses, though some have griped that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tucked the hearing into Tuesday afternoon. However, both officials provided testimony in their closed-door depositions that could be perceived as damaging to President Trump.
This post will be updated with new developments as the hearing continues.
What to know: Volker was part of a cadre of officials who worked with Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine to announce investigations into Trump's political rivals. Volker testified in his closed-door deposition that he was not aware of an effort to urge Ukraine to specifically investigate Joe Biden or his son, and testified that such an effort would be "inappropriate."
- However, Volker plans to amend his testimony to tell lawmakers that he was kept out of the loop during key moments of the pressure campaign, and that he was not aware that military aid may have been tied to the investigations, according to the New York Times.
Morrison testified in his deposition that he listened in on Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and was concerned with how the contents of the call would "play out in Washington’s polarized environment."
- Morrison also testified that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland informed him that nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine would be released if Zelensky announced the investigations, and that Sondland told him he was working at Trump's request.
The past hearings: