Second open house impeachment hearing is over.
Former ambassador to ukraine marie yovanovitch testified for about five hours today.... telling investigators she was given no reason for her sudden dismissal after 33 years of service.
The house intelligence committee will hear from eight more impeachment witnesses next week.
One local political expert says many people are confused about what impeachment actually means.
News 8's jordan fremstad joins us to clear that up.
A lot of people may think impeachment means removal from office but no president in u-s history has actually been removed from office.
However, we have had two presidents impeached by the house.
I spoke to political expert joe heim to find out what needs to happen for unprecedented history to take place.
The impeachment proceedings into president donald trump continue with testimony from the former ukraine ambassador.
There has already been testimony behind closed doors....local political expert joe heim says this public testimony is mainly for the public and media to hear first hand.
"the idea is that you can let the public watch this stuff and let them decide for themselves if they think this is impeachable."
The u.s. constitution allows the house to impeach the president under article ii section four if evidence shows the president did something relating to "treason" and "bribery" or other "high crimes and misdemeanors."
However, the line appears to be gray on what a high crime is.
"democrats seem to be relatively satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a high crime.'
The republicans obviously don't agree with that."
The house needs a simple majority of its 435 voting members to impeach the president.
Since the house is controlled by democrats it is likely they will move to impeach the president.
But that doesn't mean president trump will be removed from office.
In fact this has never been done in u.s. history.
"essentially articles of impeachment are versions of charges.
The house indicts and the jury is essentially the u-s senate."
Andrew johnson and bill clinton were impeached but were not removed from office.
"the president of the united states put his hand on a bible and said he did not have sex with monica lewinsky.
Is it a crime?
Yes it is.
Is it a high crime?
The house said, yes.'
The senate said, no.'" the senate is controlled by republicans and most stand by the president...and its unlikely it will get the 2/3s vote needed to remove the president.
Heim says the evidence that is presented in these hearings won't likely change the minds of democrats in the house or republicans in the senate.
"this is a good reflection of the polarization of the country."
Heim says a timeline on when this could come to fruition is hard to say.
It could take a couple of months or a year depending on how fast congress moves through these hearings.
Thanks jordan, congress will take a break from hearings for the weekend.
They plan to begin again on tuesday..... lt.
Vindman, the top ukraine expert for the national security council, and jennifer williams, an aide to vice president mike pence are expected to