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Trump Impeachment Timeline: House Begins Public Hearings

Below is a timeline of developments related to President Trump and Ukraine, updated on a near daily basis during the House impeachment inquiry. Most recent events appear first

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    Pelosi on Impeachment Resolution: ‘What Is At Stake Is Our Democracy’

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addresses the House of Representatives ahead of a vote on a resolution that will formalize the next steps in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019)

    The House has started public hearings into whether President Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency by pressuring Ukraine’s newly elected president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in return for U.S. military aid and other assistance.

    First up were the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, and career State Department official George Kent, who linked Trump to a demand that Ukraine publicly probe Biden, one of Trump's political rivals, and Biden's son, Hunter, while the administration froze military aid Ukraine needed to counter Russian aggression. The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who was reassigned after being disparged by Trump's allies, is up next. All have previously testified privately. 

    House Leader Nancy Pelosi had been turning back efforts to oust the president since the release of the Mueller report in April, but on Sept. 24 announced that the House had begun a formal impeachment inquiry. After the first hearing, Pelosi accused the president of committing bribery, mention in the Constitution's impeachment clause.

    The inquiry was sparked by a whistleblower's complaint that centered on a phone call that Trump had on July 25 with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump maintains that he did nothing wrong and has angrily accused Democrats of trying to stymie his presidency.

    In the midst of the fast-moving events, Trump released a summary of his conversation with Zelenskiy. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., made public a declassified, redacted version of the whistleblower's complaint.

    As the inquiry moves forward, Democrats are investigating what role Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Bill Barr and Rudy Giuliani played in the president's interactions with Ukraine. A parade of diplomats and White House officials have been drawn into the process. (Click here for a who's who in the Trump-Ukraine affair.)

    Here’s a timeline of developments related to Trump and Ukraine, updated on a near daily basis. Most recent events appear first. Choose to read the timeline by selected key moments or click the 'full timeline' tab for more details. 

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    Who's Who in the Trump-Ukraine Affair

    President Donald Trump faces a formal impeachment inquiry led in the Democratic-controlled House after he asked the newly elected Ukrainian president to investigate one of his chief political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Credit: Noreen O'Donnell, Nelson Hsu, Nina Lin/NBC

    House Members Impeachment Tracker

    Hover or click on each member to see who was in favor of starting impeachment proceedings or inquiries against President Donald Trump, and who was undecided or was not in support. 

    Note: The House needs 218 votes to reach a majority.

    Note: The yellow icon denotes Justin Amash, the only Independent House member in favor.
    Data: NBC News Staff; Nina Lin/NBC