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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled eight witnesses for public hearings next week as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced in a news release Tuesday.

The latest: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, and Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the EU, are among those scheduled to appear.

  • Three witnesses requested by the committee's Republican minority are slated to testify: Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine; White House aide Tim Morrison; and State Department official David Hale.
The schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 19:

  • Scheduled for morning hearing:
    • Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence.
    • Vindman, who serves as the director for European Affairs at the National Security Council.
  • Scheduled for afternoon hearing:
    • Volker.
    • Morrison, a White House aide with the National Security Council focusing on Europe and Russia policy.

Wednesday, Nov. 20:

  • Scheduled for morning hearing:
    • Sondland.
  • Scheduled for afternoon hearing:
    • Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs.
    • David Hale, the undersecretary of state for Political Affairs.

Thursday, Nov. 21:

  • Scheduled for morning hearing:
    • Fiona Hill, former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia.

Of note: Schiff states in the news release that the Democratic majority had accepted all of their Republican counterparts' "requests that are within the scope of the impeachment inquiry."

Between the lines: The announcement is the clearest sign that the public phase of impeachment will be completed next week, per Axios' Alayna Treene.

Go deeper: Impeachment during a not normal presidency

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AOC and Ilhan Omar want to block Biden’s former chief of staff

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk” and criticizing his past support for cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard.

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Axios Re:Cap talks with the turkey giant's CEO Jay Jandrain about what people are buying, what they're asking the "Turkey Talkline" and what the pandemic has meant for his business.

Biden introduces top national security team

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke Tuesday at an event introducing the incoming administration's top national security officials, where he told the story of his stepfather being the only one of 900 children at his school in Poland to survive the Holocaust.

What they're saying: "At the end of the war, he made a break from a death march into the woods in Bavaria. From his hiding place, he heard a deep rumbling sound. It was a tank. But instead of the iron cross, he saw painted on its side a five pointed white star," Blinken said.

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