Trump's counsel has also been invited to attend and participate in the hearing.
The House Judiciary Committee could vote on whether to recommend articles of impeachment within the next two weeks, setting the stage of a possible impeachment vote by the full House before Christmas, according to Democratic aides. Recently, U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker told Schiff's committee that he doesn't believe there was any quid pro quo involved.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler has also set a 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT) deadline on Friday for Trump to say whether he intends to mount a defense at further proceedings expected next week that would examine the evidence against him.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff had indicated in a letter to colleagues earlier this week that a report would be coming "soon" from his committee but had not provided a specific timeframe. "The report - along with any Minority Views - will then be forwarded to the Judiciary Committee pursuant to H.Res. 660". During that hearing, legal experts will provide testimony about how the impeachment process works under the U.S. Constitution.
Republican lawmakers were able to question witnesses during the closed hearings, however, and called three witnesses during public hearings that wrapped up last week.
Trump blasted the process in a tweet on Saturday night and accused the House of intentionally scheduling the proceedings while he is overseas.
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"The president may well look at this, or his counsel may well look at this, and say: Why would we want to get in here and legitimize this process, when it was made illegitimate at the beginning by shutting us out?" said Republican Representative Tom Cole. There is debate among Democrats about whether to keep the impeachment inquiry narrowly focused on the president's dealings with Ukraine, or whether to broaden the inquiry and probe potential instances of obstruction of justice by the president outlined in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into 2016 election meddling.
"I think it would be to the president's advantage to have his attorneys there".
Another lingering question is, if the Judiciary Committee decides to draft articles of impeachment: exactly how many will be introduced and passed and how much alleged conduct will fall within the impeachment scope?
Republicans have demanded that figures such as Biden's son Hunter Biden, who formerly sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, be called to testify.
"If he has not done anything wrong, we're certainly anxious to hear his explanation of that", Demings said. "Adam Schiff is the author of this report", Rep Collins told Fox's Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday".
If the Democratic-controlled House votes to impeach, the proceedings would move to the Senate, where the Republicans hold a majority, for a trial to determine whether Trump should be convicted and removed as president. Reaching that tally would require 20 Republicans to side with Democrats and vote to remove Trump from office.
She said Democrats had not yet finalized witnesses for the upcoming Judiciary hearings and were waiting to hear back from Trump on his plans to present a defense.