House Dems Plot Next Steps, As Trump Official Will Testify


House Democrats are plotting the next steps toward the possible impeachment of President Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House will take a vote tomorrow that "establishes the procedure" in the ongoing impeachment inquiry – which would be the road to public hearings.

In a letter to House Dems, Pelosi said it will set the stage for open hearings and the release of transcripts from closed witness depositions. The vote will also authorize formal transmission of evidence to the House Judiciary Committee. As the missive notes: “It authorizes the disclosure of deposition transcripts, outlines procedures to transfer evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for the President and his Counsel.”

On a related note, a current White House national security official is planning to tell lawmakers about his concerns with President Trump's July phone call with Ukraine's president. Army Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Vindman is the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council and will testify today. According to reports, Vindman's opening remarks will include him saying he didn't think it was appropriate to "demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen." He was also worried about the "implications for the U.S. government's support of Ukraine." The statement also shows he reported his concerns to a superior.

Source: NBC News