Trump allies claim the reliance on closed-door interviews has been too secretive as Democrats look to advance inquiry into its next stage by mid-November


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The impeachment inquiry has escalated rapidly in recent weeks, and House Democrats are reportedly already looking to advance the investigation into its next stage — public hearings — by mid-November.

[O]n Wednesday, after conservative lawmakers stormed the hearing room and delayed the proceedings for five hours, some Democrats were feeling pressure to advance public hearings in hopes of avoiding further disruptions. …

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her leadership team still hope to hold an impeachment vote before the holidays, though increasingly Democrats are privately acknowledging the inquiry could easily drag into December. Multiple Democratic officials said they hope to finish private depositions in early November so they can use the two-week work period just before Thanksgiving to have public hearings.

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