The next phase of the impeachment inquiry begins Wednesday morning with the first public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, where lawmakers will hear from four legal scholars about the constitutional basis for impeachment and whether President Trump’s actions meet those standards.
The hearing kicks off what is likely to be a sharply partisan brawl over the coming days as the committee debates whether to draft and approve articles of impeachment that could lead to a Senate trial and Mr. Trump’s removal from office.
The basics: Who, what, when and how to watch.
Who: Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School, Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School, Michael J. Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina Law School and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School.
What: The House Judiciary Committee, led by Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, opens consideration of impeachment articles.
When and Where: The proceedings start at 10 a.m. Eastern in the Longworth House Office Building near the Capitol. They will most likely last into the afternoon.
How to Watch: The New York Times will stream the testimony live, and a team of reporters in Washington will provide key updates with context and analysis on this page. Stay tuned.
Four scholars will describe the history of impeachment in light of Trump’s actions.
Testimony from the legal scholars will place Mr. Trump’s actions in historical context for lawmakers who will eventually have to vote on whether the president committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” and should be impeached and removed from office.
Three of the scholars — Mr. Feldman, Ms. Karlan and Mr. Gerhardt — were invited to deliver remarks by the Democratic majority on the committee. Mr. Turley was invited by Republicans.
The scholars may focus their testimonies on what the country’s founders were trying to achieve by providing a process for Congress to remove a president. They are expected to discuss the impeachment efforts for Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton.
But lawmakers are likely to press the witnesses to offer their own assessments about whether impeachment is appropriate for Mr. Trump, which could prompt sharp exchanges between committee members and the scholars.
Before then, catch up on some important background on the impeachment inquiry.
Mr. Trump repeatedly pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate people and issues of political concern to Mr. Trump, including the former vice president. Here’s a timeline of events since January.
A C.I.A. officer who was once detailed to the White House filed a whistle-blower complaint on Mr. Trump’s interactions with Mr. Zelensky. Read the complaint.