House Democrats voted on Thursday to lay out a formal process for conducting public hearings as they continue investigating President Donald Trump’s alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine.
On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told Bloomberg News that public impeachment hearings are likely to begin this month. She also said there is no deadline for completing the inquiry.
“I would assume there would be public hearing in November,” Pelosi said, adding that any case Democrats make to impeach the president “has to be ironclad.”
At the heart of the impeachment inquiry are allegations that Trump tried to use the power of his office to extract dirt on his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, by withholding U.S. military aid from Ukraine.
Republicans consistently have complained that Democrats are conducting a secretive investigation because they know the president has done nothing wrong, but GOP lawmakers’ complaints have not abated after the House opted to move proceedings into the public sphere.
However, Pelosi said on Friday that closed-door depositions will continue so long as they are “productive,” Bloomberg reported.
“I don’t know what the timetable will be -- the truth will set us free,” she said. “We have not made any decisions on if the president will be impeached.”