A forecast of what will come this week as a political trial investigation, only the fourth time in the history of the United States, is directed to live television.
Only for the fourth time in the history of the United States, the House of Representatives initiated an investigation of presidential political trial.
House of Representatives committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath by asking Ukraine to investigate the family of political rival Joe Biden and the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, all while the White House was holding military aid to the ally of Eastern Europe that borders Russia.
A quick forecast of what is coming this week:
Lights, cameras, audiences.
The Americans will have their first public vision of the political trial investigation, as the procedures emerge from the secure closed-door facilities in the basement of the Capitol to attend the hearings.
The chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, will participate in Wednesday and Friday sessions.
However, what is not clear is what people will see in two days of hearings. Will the procedures serve as a moment of clarification for the country, when a common narrative about the president's actions arises and whether, in fact, they are impeccable or not? Or, in this era of maximum partisanship, will the days become a reality show episode that shows the gap?
Unlike Watergate in the 1970s or even the dismissal of Bill Clinton in the 1990s, Americans consume their news at different times and in different ways, which makes it difficult to know if this week will produce a moment of where you were .
Bill Taylor George Kent Marie "Masha" Yovanovich.
Once the little-known State Department officials are about to become known names, as they testify publicly in the political trial investigation.
Taylor, a Vietnam war veteran who has spent 50 years in public service, will set the tone as the first witness. All three have testified in the closed environment, defying White House instructions not to comply. But they are providing a remarkably consistent account of the Trump administration's actions.
Republicans want to hear from others, including Biden's son, Hunter, as well as the anonymous government whistleblower who provoked the political trial investigation, but it is likely that Democrats who have majority control will not agree with those requests. .
Republicans have struggled to articulate a unified Trump defense. Democrats have struggled to synthesize their arguments in a simple narrative for the public.
Both will sharpen efforts to persuade American voters.
Republican Jim Himes said Sunday NBC "Meet the press" what the public will hear is "immensely patriotic, beautifully articulated – articulate the people who tell the story of a president who – let's forget quid pro quo; Quid pro quo is one of these things to cloud the works, that extorted a vulnerable country by stopping military aid. ”
But Republicans have focused their attacks with a resolution that criticizes the House process. Some in the party want to reveal the name of the government whistleblower.
Senator Lindsey Graham said about Fox news on Sunday, "I believe that any political trial in the Chamber that does not allow us to know who the complainant is will not be valid, because without the complaint of the complainant, we would not be talking about any of this."
Graham added that there is a "need for Hunter Biden to be called to adequately defend the president." And if you don't do those two things, it's a complete joke. "
What will Trump do?
For those who watch television on Wednesday afternoon, the president is offering a counterprogramming to the public hearing of the political trial investigation: a joint press conference with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid tensions in relations Between the two nations.
At the political trial, the president tried to give his allies in Capitol Hill some discussion points on Sunday, tweeting his advice on how they should defend him, that is, insisting, as he did, that his call with the Ukrainian president was "PERFECT" .
"Read the transcript!" Trump intoned on Twitter. “NOTHING was said to be wrong in any way. Republicans, do not get carried away by the fool's trap of saying that it was not perfect, but that it is not impeccable. No, it is much stronger than that. NOTHING WAS BAD! "
The White House published an approximate transcript of his July call and Trump also says he will publish, probably on Tuesday, an account of an April phone call he had with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy, shortly after Zelenskiy won the election .
The testimony in the closed process shows that the April congratulation call did not raise concern, but the tone changed in the July call that caused alarm among US officials.
More transcripts, more audiences to come
Chamber investigators have been constantly publishing transcripts of hundreds of pages of testimonies they received behind closed doors.
More transcripts are expected. Almost a dozen people have testified in the investigation and researchers are building the public record of their findings. But this week's audiences probably won't be the last.
House investigators can still call others to testify, most likely Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer assigned to the National Security Council, and Fiona Hill, former White House adviser on Russia. Both testified behind closed doors their concerns about the Trump administration's effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Democrats.
Eventually, the Intelligence Committee will send a report of its findings to the Judiciary Committee, which will decide whether to prosecute the charges against the president. A House vote on the recall could come at Christmas.