The public hearings start this morning at 10 a.m. ET when the Democrats on the Intelligence Committee will try to make the case that President Donald Trump committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” — the U.S. Constitution’s standard for impeachment by the House and a Senate trial on whether to convict and remove a president from office.
What is the case about?
The case that the Democrats will be attempting to make the case that President Trump is accused of withholding security aid to Ukraine and a possible invitation to the White House while asking Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and a conspiracy theory about alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.
Meanwhile, Republicans will try to discredit all of the witnesses that you will see testify today.
Here is the witness list: provided by Bloomberg
- Top U.S. envoy to Ukraine William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent will testify on Wednesday.
- Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will testify Friday.
- Taylor has said that during his first several months in the post he grew increasingly concerned that Ukraine aid was being held hostage to White House demands for politically motivated investigations. He said he “always kept careful notes.”
- Kent is significant because he testified that Trump “wanted nothing less than President Zelenskiy to go to the microphone and say investigations, Biden and Clinton.” He didn’t directly speak to Trump about it, however.
How the Impeachment process works. ABC News.
An impeachment proceeding is the formal process by which a sitting president of the United States may be accused of wrongdoing. The articles of impeachment are the list of charges drafted against the president. The vice president and all civil officers of the U.S. can also face impeachment.
The process begins in the U.S. House of Representatives, where any member of the House may make a suggestion to launch an impeachment proceeding. It is then up to the speaker of the House, as leader of the majority party, to determine whether or not to proceed with an inquiry into the alleged wrongdoing.
If the House votes for Impeachment then there is a trial in the United States Senate and Chief Justice John Roberts serves as the judge. The members of the Senate will be the jury and Congress will make their case for the removal of the president while the president will have his own legal counsel represent him.
Finally, it would take a two-thirds vote to remove a president from office.