Today’s hearing is not expected to change the way the House of Representatives decides whether to impeach President Donald Trump.
But the House’s majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said on Monday that he will hold an extraordinary public hearing in the coming days on the issue.
That hearing is expected to start in the middle of this week.
The House will hold a closed-door session on Wednesday, when the president and vice president are expected to appear before the House for the first time in nearly a decade.
There are a few procedural details to be worked out before that hearing.
There will be a vote to determine whether there is enough evidence to impece the president, a procedural vote that the House has repeatedly refused to take this year.
Then, there will be two more votes.
One of those votes is expected in the early afternoon, on Thursday, to determine the number of votes necessary for impeachment.
If the House does not reach a majority of 60 votes, it will then go back to the House to consider impeachment.
The next step is a vote by the Senate.
That is where the House will be able to vote on whether to convict or not convict the president.
On Friday, the House is expected take up a procedural motion to convict Trump.
The Senate will vote on the impeachment motion.
There is no deadline for the Senate to vote.
If it decides to convict, Trump would be removed from office.
If he is acquitted, he would become the president of the United States for life.
On Monday, McConnell said he would hold an impeachment hearing on Wednesday.
The president and his attorney are expected, as well as members of Congress, to attend.
The move is expected, McConnell told reporters on Monday, to be a public spectacle.
“It will be very important that we are very careful in how we go about doing this,” McConnell said.
“The American people are not going to be comfortable with this.”
The Senate’s move would likely be met with protests by Trump supporters, including in the capital city of Washington, D.C. If Trump were to be acquitted of the charge of obstruction of justice, he could face a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison.
The case is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could ultimately rule on the constitutionality of the law.