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Intel Chief’s Grilling Fuels Thirst for Impeachment

Chip Somodevilla

If Donald Trump was looking for his intelligence chief to defang the Democratic rush to impeachment, he didn’t get it on Thursday.

During more than three hours of questioning, acting Director of Intelligence Joseph Maguire  further solidified the resolve of House Democrats that the president’s conduct on a call with the Ukrainian president formed the foundation of an impeachment case. 

The hearing, which was not technically part of the formal impeachment investigation that began in earnest this week, was undeniably shaped by it. Democrats trained their fire on the process  Maguire went through after receiving the complaint, and on whether the White House and Department of Justice had influenced Maguire’s initial decision to withhold the explosive whistleblower complaint from Congress. 

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