In a starkly partisan 232 to 196 vote, legislators yesterday approved a blueprint for the public portion of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Hearings in the country's fourth-ever impeachment case could now be televised, while transcripts from earlier closed-door testimony will be released. Republicans will also have a chance to summon their own witnesses — with the approval of the Democratic leadership.
Why does it matter? While ostensibly a formality, the vote indicates that the Democrats are confident they've got enough legal ammunition for a case against Trump, observers say.