Democrats in the House are planning to take their closed-door impeachment proceedings public as early as next week; confirming the decision after releasing the first round of transcripts from previous testimony.
“The release of Taylor’s transcript came as Democrats launched a major new phase of their impeachment inquiry with public hearings scheduled for next week featuring State Department officials who have testified about their concerns about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine,” reports Yahoo News.
“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is leading the impeachment investigation, said the committee would hear from Taylor, career department official George Kent and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in hearings next Wednesday and Friday,” adds the website.
Original Story: November 1, 2019
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi confirmed Friday her party’s decision to hold public impeachment hearings in the coming weeks; telling reporters the inquiry will likely be televised “in November.”
“I would assume there would be public hearings in November,” Pelosi said at an event hosted by Bloomberg.
“I don’t know what the timetable will be — the truth will set us free,” she said. “We have not made any decisions on if the president will be impeached.”
Democratic members of the House of Representatives approved new legislation Thursday that formalizes their impeachment inquiry against President Trump; passing the resolution along party lines.
The final vote was 232-196. Two Democrats voted against the investigation.
“A yes vote on this resolution today gives a stamp of approval to a process that has been damaged beyond all repair and a blatant and obvious coup to unseat a sitting president of the United States,” Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., said.
“I do not take any pleasure in the need for this resolution,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said. “We are here because the facts compel us to be here.”
“The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!” posted Trump shortly after the vote.