The first witnesses in the “Ukrainian case” began to testify in the US Congress as part of the Democrats’ impeachment proceedings of US President Donald Trump.

Hearings are held not in the usual open mode, but behind closed doors in a room with a special regime of secrecy. It is designed to work with secret documents and witnesses whose identities are sometimes not disclosed.

In addition, interviews with witnesses are not conducted by congressmen themselves, but mainly by lawyers and staff from various committees of the US House of Representatives.

On October 3, the first US special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Walker, was the first at the request of congressmen on Capitol Hill. The next day, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, who examined the informant’s complaint about Trump’s conversation with Zelensky, testified.

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