The House Intelligence Committee will wrap up a marathon week of impeachment hearings on Thursday with the testimony of Fiona Hill and David Holmes — who could be the final witnesses to appear.
Holmes, a State Department official, said he overheard a July call between Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland where the president asked about whether Ukraine would do the investigations.
Hill, a former White House Russia expert and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s previous supervisor, relayed concerns she and former National Security Adviser John Bolton had with the Ukrainian investigations Trump wanted.
No more public hearings or private closed-door depositions are scheduled, as lawmakers are slated to be out next week for the Thanksgiving break.
Spokespeople for the House Intelligence Committee declined to say whether the public phase of their inquiry is now closed.
And Republicans aren’t expecting any more TV testimony at this time, but cautioned they don’t know what else Democrats may have up their sleeves.
Recesses haven’t stopped impeachment investigators from holding closed-door depositions in the past.
Democrats, however, may want to avoid a prolonged legal fight with witnesses who have refused to appear and move forward with the evidence they’ve already gathered against Trump.
In order for impeachment to proceed, Rep. Adam Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee must pass the baton to the House Judiciary Committee, headed by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan). Nadler’s committee would formulate the articles of impeachment and take a vote on which would then go to the full House for a vote.