Live feed: Impeachment hearings, day one

Indian Country Today photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

Live hearings from Capitol Hill considering the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.

On Capitol Hill, Indian Country Today's Washington editor, Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, reports that wireless signals are jammed and getting tweets out of the building is an issue. We are updating this report.

Reporter and producer Kolby KickingWoman is in the hearing room providing updates via Twitter.

Reminder: The two people testifying at today's hearing are Ambassador William Bill Taylor of the Department of State and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent. 

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Capitol hearing on the impeachment inquiry.(Indian Country Today Photo by Kolby KickingWoman)
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Swearing in of the first witness, George Kent. (Indian Country Today photo by Kolby KickingWoman)

Robert Hall, Blackfeet, tells us his thoughts about the #ImpeachmentHearings.

Even though Hall isn't on the Hill to listen to the hearings (and was glad to catch a glimpse of it), he supports impeaching Trump. 

"I think he needs to be removed from office. There's no doubt about it that he's very unethical and very incompetent to do the job, and you will hope that the America system will work in favor, but it's also sheds light to the, how the American system is not perfect," he said.

He said it's "pretty amazing" how long it's taking to remove a "white nationalist" from the office. Hall said if it was a person of color, it would've happened on day one. 

Hall pointed out that Indian Country should follow the impeachment hearings because it affects Native people.

"The reason why Indian Country needs to pay attention to the impeachment hearings is because, for federally-recognized, our sovereignty relies on this. We have someone in office who could care less who we are, who could care less who anybody is. And it's important because who sits in this house may or may not be our ally. You do not want them to be your enemy," Hall said. 

"And the reason why Indian Country needs to pay attention is we have an intimate government-to-government relationship with the United States and who sits on that high office directly affects Indian Country. Policies that are passed will affect Indian Country before it affects anywhere else in America because we are the most vulnerable population," he said.  

Hall also mentions that Trump only talks about Native people when he talks about Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

"It's highly disrespectful. The only time he talks about Native Americans is to mock a white person," Hall said. 

While people were in line waiting to enter the hearing room and around noon, there were impeachment supporters outside. 

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