2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Michael McCaul, (R) Texas:
"I talked to a lot of my constituents, both Republican, Democrat, independent. I think what they want most is if Congress is going to proceed on this very important measure, which is probably the most important thing that Congress can do is remove a president from office that it should do so with the spirit of fairness and a spirit of due process. And everything I've seen has defied that. The minority (Republican minority) has been shut out of the process. It's being done in a scif, a classified briefing room, behind closed doors when it should be in front of the american people so that all can see in a very transparent way the testimony of these witnesses. Secondly, a resolution should be passed on the floor immediately calling for an inquiry for impeachment. To do otherwise defies the notion of democracy."
Washington - 15 October 2019
3. Various of George Kent arriving for interview in closed door session
On Tuesday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent arrived on Capitol Hill to testify.
Three House committees - the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform - are jointly interviewing Kent.
The committees are investigating whether US President Donald Trump pressed Ukrainian leaders to interfere with the 2020 election. The administration has informed House Democrats that it is refusing to comply with the inquiry, calling it unconstitutional.
Rep. Michael McCaul, the ranking Republican member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs said that the House should vote on a resolution to conduct an impeachment inquiry before moving forward with its investigation.
The interviews are among what could eventually become dozens of closed-door depositions in the impeachment probe. There are five more scheduled this week, mostly with State Department officials, though it is unclear if they will all appear after Trump declared he wouldn't cooperate with the probe.
The packed schedule of interviews comes as Democrats are methodically working to pin down the details of Trump's pressure on Ukraine. Once Democrats have completed the probe and followed any other threads it produces, they will use their findings to help determine whether to vote on articles of impeachment. Pelosi said she wants the committees to move "expeditiously."