Ex-Trump Adviser Testifies in Impeachment Probe; House Sets Ground Rules

President Donald Trump addresses reporters as he arrives with first lady Melania Trump for the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. As House Democrats quickly move forward

Democrats to Vote on Making Trump Impeachment Probe Public

Thursday's near party-line 232-196 roll call was the chamber's first formal vote on a process that's likely to take months, possibly stretching into the early weeks of the 2020 election year.

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"But with this vote, Democrats made dividing this country their number one priority", he added. "This is about protecting our national security and safeguarding our elections", McGovern, chairman of the House Rules Committee, said in a House speech.

At the end of those hearings, members of the House of Representatives will vote on whether to impeach the president, essentially deciding whether they think his actions merit sending him to a trial in the Senate.

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After text of the resolution was released, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) described it as offering "No due process now, maybe some later, but only if [House Democrats] feel like it".

"The Impeachment Hoax is hurting our Stock Market".

"It's not a fair process, not an open process, not a transparent process", said U.S. Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, the ranking member of the House Rules Committee.

Stefanik was not available to answer questions, according to her spokeswoman Madison Anderson.

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The resolution authorizes the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to conduct open hearings, and allows the president and his attorneys to cross-examine witnesses.

The probe focuses on a request by Mr Trump to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymr Zelenskiy, to investigate the President's Democratic political rival and former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, who had served as a director for Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

"The times have found each and every one of us in this room", Pelosi said. Republicans cited the pair's votes as evidence of bipartisan opposition to impeachment. The Judiciary Committee has argued that the procedures are consistent with the impeachments of Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Both represent districts where Trump won in 2016. "But my guess is she will continue to hide and refuse to answer - and the media will let her".

"As I've said repeatedly, I support the inquiry and its goal in finding the facts in this grave matter of national security", said Cobb.

"Trying to put a ribbon on a sham process doesn't make it any less of a sham", House Republican Jim Jordan fumed. She urged lawmakers to vote in favor of the impeachment rules "to protect the Constitution of the United States". BuzzFeed News reports that a resolution was just passed on Thursday morning formalizing the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

Stefanik spread false information in equating supporting the inquiry with supporting impeachment.

"There is serious evidence that President Trump may have violated the Constitution".

The former top National Security Council adviser on Russian Federation and Europe - who was on that call, and told investigators Thursday he thought there was "nothing illegal" about the conversation, including the president's request that Ukraine open an investigation into former vice president and 2020 rival Joe Biden - said that he was aware that the discussion, if it were ever widely known, could spark political controversy in Washington and have an adverse effect on U.S.

The investigation is focused on Trump's efforts to push Ukraine to investigate his Democratic political opponents by withholding military aid and an Oval Office meeting craved by the country's new president.

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