On Thursday, the House will vote to formalize impeachment proceedings into President Trump, say senior House Democrat aides.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says President Donald Trump's administration is "building a powerful case" for impeachment as a former White House national security adviser defied a subpoena on Monday. The resolution also directs the House Intelligence Committee to assemble a report on its findings to be transmitted to the House Judiciary Committee.
The resolution authorizes the House Intelligence Committee to hold open or closed hearings, during which Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will question witnesses for equal periods of time of longer than five minutes.
Some Democrats have repeatedly said a vote on the floor is unnecessary to begin the impeachment process, although GOP lawmakers and the White House have both insisted this method be used in conjunction with closed-door depositions and other testimonies.
Vindman is the first official who listened in on that call to testify as the impeachment inquiry reaches deeper into the Trump administration and Democrats prepare for the next, public phase of the probe.
He said the goal would be to "flesh out all the facts surrounding the conditioning of the White House meeting or the conditioning of military assistance on these two political investigations the president wanted to help his re-election campaign". He was the director for European affairs and a Ukraine expert under Fiona Hill, a former official who testified earlier in the impeachment probe.
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Schiff is the leader of the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Since the whistleblower's account was released more than a month ago, several Trump diplomats and other witnesses have testified, backing up numerous allegations about the pressure campaign on Ukraine while aid to the country was being held up.
The resolution will outline the steps needed to take toward impeachment - including open hearings, the disclosure of transcripts and due process rights given to the President.
And he was listening when, in a July 25 phone call, Trump did the same with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
But Cheney did speak out against some GOP critics who have questioned the patriotism of Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient who was born in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, and others who have testified. Trump's White House released a transcript of the call shortly after Pelosi made her announcement; the full complaint was released the next day.
In prepared testimony, Vindman says he first reported his concerns after a July 10 meeting in which a USA ambassador, Gordon Sondland, stressed the importance of having Ukraine investigate the 2016 election as well as a company linked to the family of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. President Donald Trump has ordered witnesses to skip testimonies, calling the inquiry illegitimate and unfair.