Capitol Report: Here’s what’s happening next in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says a whistleblower is expected to testify soon.

Lawmakers are on a two-week break from Washington, but could hear from the whistleblower at the center of the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump soon, according to the Democrat leading the inquiry.

With members of Congress in their districts for recess, the prospect of removing Trump from office will be a hot topic of discussion with constituents, as a new poll showed support for impeachment rising moderately among registered voters.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that the whistleblower will testify in the House “very soon,” though in a way that will protect his identity.

Trump has denied wrongdoing in the matter. The whistleblower complaint alleges the president sought to use the powers of his office to push Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

Lawmakers say they could draft articles of impeachment over the Ukraine matter by the end of October, writes the New York Times.

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Trump on Monday again attacked Schiff, suggesting the California Democrat be arrested for treason over his depiction of the president’s call with Zelensky. Schiff has said some of his comments at a Thursday hearing about Trump’s July conversation with Zelensky were meant partly in parody.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24.

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A simple majority of the entire House is required for impeachment. If Trump were impeached by the House, a trial could be held in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that his chamber would have “no choice but to take it up” if the House were to end up impeaching Trump.

Stock market SPX, +0.56%   participants are keeping an eye on the impeachment drama, but focus on Monday was on Trump administration officials’ playing down or disputing reports Washington was weighing plans to impede U.S. investments in Chinese companies.