impeachment inquiry hearings

Updated at 6:51 p.m. ET

Democrats in the House took the next step toward impeachment on Monday with the presentation of what they call the evidence of President Trump's improper conduct in the Ukraine affair.

"President Trump's persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security," said Daniel Goldman, the Democratic staff counsel who presented the Democrats' case in the Judiciary Committee hearing.

U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC
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Following two weeks of marathon impeachment inquiry hearings, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee has recessed for the holiday, leaving it for Americans to debate the issue at the Thanksgiving table. While some argue the hearings process is ultimately a legal proceeding, others say it's pure politics.