Today marks the start of the House impeachment hearings, as Democrats lead the inquiry that has been ongoing for months.
The impeachment inquiry into President Trump's allegations culminates today as lawmakers begin questioning during the public hearing. The House Committee on Intelligence, led by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), has deepened the divide within Congress, as they have heavily pushed impeachment of the President in recent months.
The Democrats leading the hearing have called on three U.S. diplomats to recount their statements made previously behind closed doors. The three diplomats will speak on Wednesday and Friday.
The first two witnesses to testify are William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs.
In his opening statement, Chairman Schiff announced that the hearings will uncover the truth about President Trump's alleged involvement with Ukraine. Schiff claims that the impeachment inquiry "will affect not only the future of this presidency, but the future of the presidency itself, and what kind of conduct or misconduct the American people may come to expect from their Commander-in-Chief" (Fox News).
As millions of Americans tune into this historic moment, House and Senate Republicans remain unaltered in their loyalty to President Trump, claiming all allegations of involvement are false.
Senator Lindsey Graham noted that he is not watching the hearings. Graham has previously noted that the hearings are "a threat to the presidency; I don't want to legitimize it; it's un-American; it denies the basics of due process" (Daily Wire).
If the House presses formal charges of impeachment against President Trump, a trial would occur in the Republican-controlled Senate where there is minimal support for Trump's removal.