Lawmakers react to first public impeachment inquiry hearings

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The House Intelligence Committee held its first hearing Wednesday on the impeachment of President Trump since an official vote took place.

Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, right, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent, arrive to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The House Intelligence Committee heard the testimonies of William Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine and George Kent, the deputy assistant Secretary of State. Both have testified in private hearings.

Republicans have been criticizing the impeachment proceedings for being kept out of the public eye. A memo by Republican staff of the Intelligence Committee said the closed-door process allowed Chairman Adam Schiff to direct "witnesses called by the Democrats to not answer Republican questions." Republicans also claimed Schiff "offered no due process protections for the President."

The Gray DC team caught up with lawmakers from across the country to hear their thoughts on the now-public proceedings. Mississippi Rep. Michael Guest and Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell were among those interviewed. Click the appropriate video box to hear the interviews.

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