Democrats may take their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump public in the middle of November amid growing pressure from Republicans and as they prepare to make their case to Americans less than a year before the 2020 election.
Hours after Republicans stormed a Democrat-led, closed-door interview in a secure room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that the investigation could soon be taken to the public arena.
Several Democrats told the Post that they hope to wrap up interviews in private by early November and then use the two weeks before Thanksgiving to hold public hearings. Details are currently being worked out regarding which witnesses would be placed in the hot seat and who would ask them questions, either lawmakers or lawyers.
For several weeks, Democrats have questioned current and former Trump administration officials about allegations that Trump threatened to withhold U.S. aid to Ukraine until that country opened an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's main rivals in the 2020 election.
Republicans have complained about the secrecy Democrats are using in their efforts, which led to Wednesday's incident in which around two dozen members burst into the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) where senior Defense department official Laura Cooper was being questioned. Cooper serves as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.
Trump and several Republicans insist he did nothing improper with Ukraine. The probe kicked off Sept. 24, one day before the transcript of a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was released.
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