Sunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates

The House impeachment inquiry shifts to a new public phase, with testimony scheduled from three witnesses starting Wednesday.

The topic dominated the Sunday political shows, with key Democrats and Republicans weighing in.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

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Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierDemocrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing Live coverage: House holds first public impeachment hearing Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said the public phase of the impeachment inquiry is more likely to sway Americans than the Mueller report did because of what she called the clear nature of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE’s bribery.
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Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellKey takeaways from first public impeachment hearing Kent, Taylor say they're not 'Never Trumpers' after Trump Twitter offensive Live coverage: House holds first public impeachment hearing MORE (D-Calif.) said depositions in the House's impeachment inquiry have already established an “extortion scheme” by the White House.
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Speier defends Democrats' decision to keep whistleblower out of public hearings
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said  on ABC “This Week” that the Republicans’ request for the whistleblower to testify is grounded in the House minority “making an issue of anything that they think will give them some gravitas.” 
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Intelligence panel Republican: 'How we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings Here are the key players to watch at impeachment hearing Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches MORE (R-Texas), a former CIA officer who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday defended the whistleblower whose complaint helped spark the impeachment inquiry into President Trump even as he blasted Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGraham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial Democrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing MORE’s (D-Calif.) handling of the probe.
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Klobuchar: 'I have seen no reason why' Hunter Biden would need to testify
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal Google sparks new privacy fears over health care data MORE (D-Minn.), a 2020 White House hopeful, said on Sunday that she hasn’t seen any reason why former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE’s son Hunter would need to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, as Republicans have requested.
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House Democrat: 'I think we will end up calling' some witnesses on GOP list
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday” that some witnesses requested by Ranking Member Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Trump hosts Erdoğan at White House | Says Turkish leader has 'great relationship with the Kurds' | Highlights from first public impeachment hearing GOP zeroes in on alleged Ukraine meddling during impeachment testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings MORE (R-Calif.) would likely be called in the House’s impeachment inquiry.
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Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Why Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight MORE (R-Wis.) on Sunday dismissed testimony from current and former White House officials that contradicted President Trump, saying it was “just their impression” of the situation.
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Rand Paul says Trump has 'every right' to withhold Ukraine aid over corruption
By JUSTIN WISE
 
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges McConnell discounts quick dismissal of Trump impeachment articles: 'We'll have to have a trial' GOP motions to subpoena whistleblower MORE (R-Ky.), a vocal ally of President Trump, on Sunday dismissed allegations that the White House committed a quid pro quo in its dealings with Ukraine, arguing that the president has "every right" to withhold aid from a country where he believes corruption is taking place. 
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Top Armed Services Republican: Trump's Ukraine call 'inappropriate' not 'impeachable'
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryHillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches Retirements pose threat to cybersecurity expertise in Congress Trump urges allies to not 'be led into the fools trap' of saying Ukraine call 'was not perfect, but is not impeachable' MORE (Texas), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Sunday that President Trump’s call with Ukraine's president, which is at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, was “inappropriate” but not “impeachable.”
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GOP senator on asking foreign countries to investigate Americans: 'It depends on the circumstances'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said Sunday that President Trump could have been "over the line" to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, but added that it “depends on the circumstances.”
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Alan Dershowitz: Congress is trying to 'create crimes out of nothing'
By TAL AXELROD 
 
Attorney Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzSunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates Alan Dershowitz: Congress is trying to 'create crimes out of nothing' How this impeachment will play out MORE warned that Americans should be “frightened” of the House’s impeachment investigation, accusing Democrats of trying to “create crimes out of nothing.”
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Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field'
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates Brown confirms he won't enter 2020 race: 'I think it's a good field' GM officially sells Ohio plant, months after Trump touted sale MORE (D-Ohio) confirmed once again on Sunday that he has no plans to enter to 2020 presidential primary race and dismissed concerns others have expressed about the candidates in the race.
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Paul dismisses Bevin loss, touts 'red wave' in other Kentucky races
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) dismissed incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's apparent loss in Kentucky as an individual loss and not an indication of a larger shift in Kentucky politics. 
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Joint chiefs chairman: Fewer than 1,000 troops will remain in Syria
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
“The footprint will be small, but the objective will remain the same: the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said in an interview on ABC's “This Week.”
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