Who’s who in the Trump impeachment drama

As the drama in Washington unfolds, and a large cast of characters makes its way to the impeachment inquiry stage, keeping track of who is testifying during the public hearings and whom they are talking about is already getting complicated.

One day their names may go down in history alongside John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman, John Dean and Monica Lewinsky, but for now they are new — and also, complicating matters, some of them are Ukrainian.

In order to keep track of an ever-expanding list, Yahoo News has put together a roundup of the major (and particularly interesting minor) players and what is known about their roles.

 
Click on the key players below for more details.

Who’s who in the Trump impeachment drama
Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Victor Shokin
Joe Biden
Hunter Biden
Peter Schweizer
John Solomon
Volodymyr Zelensky
Donald J. Trump
Rudy Giuliani
Marie Yovanovitch
Yuri Lutsenko
The whistleblower
Mike Pence
Andriy Yermak
Nancy Pelosi
Adam Schiff
Kurt Volker
William Taylor
Gordon Sondland
Joseph Maguire
Igor Fruman
Sam Kiseln
William Barr
Alexander Vindman
Daniel Goldman
Steve Castor
Tim Morrison
Fiona Hill
Jennifer Williams
David Hale
Laura Cooper

Donald J. Trump
An avid consumer of right-wing media sources, President Trump is a regular purveyor of what others consider to be disproven conspiracy theories. Speaking by phone to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, he alluded to one of those, asking that Ukraine investigate the Bidens for Hunter’s role at Burisma Holdings and Joe Biden’s role in the firing of Viktor Shokin.

He also alluded to another unproven conspiracy theory: that Ukraine, not Russia, was involved in efforts to influence the 2016 election by helping Hillary Clinton. Despite a lack of evidence, Trump has also expressed his belief that a hacked computer server belonging to the Democratic National Committee is being kept in Ukraine.

There is no evidence that any of the above is true, yet according to the summary notes of the July 25 call released by the White House, Trump is quoted as saying: “I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say CrowdStrike …,” later adding, “The server, they say Ukraine has it.”

Trump has described his call with Zelensky as “perfect.” At the same time, he has attempted to keep members of his administration from testifying before House investigators and has called for the whistleblower who flagged his call with Zelensky to be publicly outed.

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