Full public testimony of President Trump impeachment inquiry | USA TODAY

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee holds its first open hearings as Democrats build a case against President Donald Trump.

The House impeachment inquiry begins public hearings Wednesday after weeks of closed-door depositions investigating President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Much of the evidence gathering occurred behind closed doors, as three key committees gathered depositions from State Department and National Security Council officials. But now the entire House – and the country – will be able to watch as testimony unfolds.

Democrats suggest that Trump’s demand that Ukraine investigate his rival while withholding nearly $400 million in military aid could warrant impeachment. During a July 25 call, Trump urged Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings. But Trump has dismissed the investigation as a partisan “witch hunt” and said he was justified in fighting corruption in Ukraine.

The hearings will educate the American public about what happened in anticipation of a possible House vote on whether to impeach Trump. If the House adopts articles of impeachment, the Senate would hold a trial on whether to remove the president from office.

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