The public hearings on the impeachment of President Donald Trump start Wednesday, Nov. 13. PBS NewsHour will be running special programming, but each local station will decide if it’s carrying the hearings live.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s first open impeachment hearing begins Wednesday at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET.
PBS will make the hearings available for stations to air live with expert analysis from the PBS NewsHour team and WORLD, a digital broadcast channel, will air the hearings live. The hearings will be live-streamed for free on PBS.org, the PBS app and Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. At the conclusion of the hearings, they will be available on-demand on those platforms.
In the evening, “PBS NewsHour” and “Amanpour & Company” will provide “extensive coverage of the hearings,” per a release.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in September that the House of Representatives would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.
The decision came in light of a whistleblower complaint that the president sought to use foreign power from Ukraine for his own political gain. During a phone call with Ukraine’s president, Trump reportedly pressured Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden; earlier that week, Trump admitted that he had brought up Biden’s family during the call but told reporters that he did so because “we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine.” The president also confirmed that his administration withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine but denied that it was done for leverage.