Democrats announce public impeachment hearings with eight witnesses next week

House Democrats on Tuesday announced a spate of additional hearings for next week as part of the public phase of their impeachment inquiry as they seek to make the case that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE pressured a foreign government for his political benefit.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump financial records Democrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote MORE (D-Calif.) said the committee expected to hear on Tuesday from key witnesses such as Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanWhite House limits number of officials allowed to listen to Trump calls with foreign leaders: report Impeachment sets up Ukrainian Americans for 2020 political role Director of National Intelligence Maguire should stand for the whistleblower MORE, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council (NSC), and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence. The panel also plans to hear from Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerPush to investigate Bidens sets up potential for Senate turf war Senate confirms Brouillette to replace Perry as Energy secretary How Democrats' missing witnesses could fill in the Ukraine story MORE, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a top NSC official.

Schiff said on Wednesday that lawmakers plan to hear from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who revised his testimony to say he believed the president "likely" conditioned nearly $400 million in aid to opening such probes. Later that afternoon, they will hear from top Defense official Laura Cooper, who testified about decisions to withhold the aid, and David Hale, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Democrats will wrap up the second week of public hearings with testimony from Fiona Hill, former NSC senior director for Europe and Russia, who testified about her concern that Trump's lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGraham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Judge orders State Dept. to search for and provide more Ukraine docs DOJ releases memos backing Trump immunity claims ahead of impeachment vote MORE and others sought to remove a top diplomat to Ukraine.

The announcement comes one day before Democrats are expected to hold their first public hearing, in which they hope two career State Department officials will deliver convincing testimony about Trump pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications MORE and his son.