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Two witnesses seen as crucial to the case against President Trump in the impeachment inquiry testified Wednesday. Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Diplomats Called 'Deep State' Insiders Were Outsiders Fleeing Oppression

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Top State Department official George Kent (left) and acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor are sworn in to testify during the first public Trump impeachment hearing on Wednesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Ambassador William Taylor is the first witness to appear in the first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday. He's a career diplomat who outlined the effort to get Ukraine's president to commit to political investigations in return for military assistance. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, arrives at a closed session with House impeachment investigators on Oct. 15. Lawmakers released the transcript of that deposition on Thursday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Former White House adviser on Russia Fiona Hill leaves the Capitol on Monday after testifying before lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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