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House Democrats announced that the impeachment inquiry is moving to a new phase next week — public hearings. Starting Nov. 13, the public will be able to hear directly from witnesses who have already been interviewed behind closed doors, according to Politico.

The announcement comes as transcripts from the closed-door depositions are being released providing more detail about the perspectives or current and former officials about whether President Donald Trump improperly withheld aid to Ukraine in an attempt to pressure Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky into investigating, or announcing an intention to investigate, Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden.

Who is set to testify? The first public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13. Top Ukraine diplomat William Taylor and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent will testify. On Nov. 15, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify.

Who is running this show? These hearings will take place before the House Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Republicans on the committee will be allowed to participate in the hearings, although they will have less control over the nature of the proceedings as the minority party.

Why are they testifying publicly if we know what they’ll say? For the Democrats, the impeachment inquiry is less about fact-finding than it is about presenting the existing information in a way that is persuasive to voters and, as a result, representatives who will likely be called eventually to vote on articles of impeachment.

Public hearings are more productive toward that goal than closed-door hearings and transcripts, which are unlikely to be read by most people in the general public. Schiff confirmed this motive.

“Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves, to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses, but also to learn first-hand about the facts of the president’s misconduct,” Schiff said, according to Politico.

Although the Democrats had enough votes to formalize the impeachment inquiry, it is less clear whether or not they have the votes to pass articles of impeachment with the current available information. Two Democrats from conservative districts even opposed the impeachment inquiry itself.

  • Hobbygirl says:

    I can see all of this ending in a civilwar…we will become Eygpt or Syria. Hang on to your good days folks because our government is breaking our grounded rule of law. This is just a prediction based on what has happened in every other country where the bullies make up stuff and steal from the people. The people are being stretched beyond their limits.

  • Gr8awakening says:

    Everything we see is 1000’s of years in the making. Good part is we know the end because it was already written down in a book called the Bible.
    DANIEL 2:31-33 speaks of an image having feet made of clay and iron. That would indicate the divisiveness of the dual world power that would rule in the last days.
    1 Thessalonians 5:3 What happens is all written in advance. These governments will be preaching peace and security and instantly the great tribulation will start like a thief in the night.
    After this the United Nations will destroy all false religions and expose their hypocrisy.
    Next the war of Armageddon. All worldly rulerships will be destroyed and then we will have real peace after death the last enemy is done away with!!
    CAN’T WAIT…!!!!

  • Granny says:

    How about using your useless energy on condemning the cartel for killing nine American citizens. Six of them babies. Where is you reaction to that? How can you impeach a man when he wants to stop this carnage? How can you impeach a man who is trying to save this country from illegals murdering our babies? How can you impeach a man who stands tall for the right of all of us grass root citizens who are not part of your nasty swamp? How do you idiots get voted back into office when you have done NOTHING for this country in three years? How does a family bury nine American citizens and all we hear from the media is impeach, impeach, impeach. What has happened to our country that the ones who are supposed to represent us are heartless animals that want babies killed at birth, want illegals in our country, that want to take our faith from us, our freedom of speech, our lives from us. You are the worse traitors in this world.

  • Evangeline says:

    Big deal, you piece of you-know-what! So now you feel ready to go public now that you’ve indoctrinated all your witnesses in the basement to say what you want them to say in public. I hope they get him for high treason!

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