Impeachment hearings live updates: Trump calls Democrats ‘human scum’ as two more witnesses testify in inquiry

President Trump lashed out at Democrats, calling them “human scum,” as two more key witnesses testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday as part of an escalating impeachment inquiry.

Fiona Hill, a Russia expert and former White House adviser who reported directly to John Bolton when he was national security adviser, and David Holmes, a top staffer at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a phone call in which Trump asked about “investigations,” are appearing in an open session.

Democrats are hoping both will bolster the case that Trump sought to leverage U.S. military aid to Ukraine and a White House visit by President Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for investigations of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, among others.

●Fiona Hill testifies in impeachment inquiry about a ‘fictional narrative’ on Ukrainian interference.

●Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, acknowledges Ukraine quid pro quo, implicates Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others.

●Sondland’s bombshell testimony leaves Trump’s Republican allies scrambling.

●Testimony ensnares Pompeo in Ukraine scandal as he mulls political future.

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