Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., questioned George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, in the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Swalwell asked Taylor whether, as Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in a news conference, the U.S. frequently inserts domestic politics into foreign policy. Taylor responded that such political influence is not normal, and could harm U.S. interests abroad. The impeachment probe centers around a July phone call in which Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Both Kent and Taylor testified to lawmakers in October behind closed doors.
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