Here are the latest developments in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump:
- Trump is not participating in Wednesday's hearing: The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled its first impeachment hearing on Wednesday on the “constitutional grounds for presidential impeachment,” which will have a panel of expert witnesses who will testify “on the application of the constitutional framework of high crimes and misdemeanors to the very serious allegations regarding the conduct of the President," according to a Democratic aide. White House counsel to the President Pat Cipollone said neither Trump nor his attorneys would participate in Wednesday's hearing.
- Democrats in prep mode: Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee will hold a mock hearing tomorrow to prepare for their public hearing. The hearing will include testimony from four Constitutional law experts.
- Republicans issue rebuttal: Republicans wrote a 123-page report that rejected the Democratic allegations that Trump abused his office in his dealings with Ukraine. The Republicans argued there was nothing wrong with Trump's July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, which has served as the basis of an anonymous whistleblower complaint into Trump and Ukraine that sparked the Democratic impeachment inquiry. Trump later took to Twitter to praise the Republicans for their report.
- What the Ukrainian president said: Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky denied he spoke with Trump “from the position of a quid pro quo” in an interview published Monday. “Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo,” Zelensky said, according to a partial transcript released by Time.
- What happens next: The House Intelligence Committee is expected to vote on its impeachment report tomorrow.