What’s next for Trump impeachment inquiry

ABC News’ chief legal analyst Dan Abrams analyzes the next steps as Speaker Nancy Pelosi prepares for a full House showdown vote.
1:39 | 10/30/19

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Let's talk about it more with Dan Abrams and start with the testimony from colonel vindman. It some ways the most significant yet because he was on that phone call. You can't say he was hearing it from somebody else. This is him talking about what he himself heard but I think just as important is how consistent his testimony is with ambassador Taylor, how consistent it is with the texts and with the transcript of the call as we know it because you can't look at each of these witnesses in a vacuum. You have to look at how does it fit in? That's why as Mary points out ambassador sundhage's testimony becomes so important. He is the one who appears to be conflicting with both vindman and Taylor as to what was happening at the time. He's also the one who's assumed to be the closest to president trump and, in fact, had been talking to president trump during this process. Very significant. This process the house will lay out, basically a two-stage process, investigation by the intelligence committee and then the judiciary committee that would write up articles of impeachment. Right, you know, people are asking a lot about how does this compare to previous impeachment proceedings? It's a little hard to compare it simply because in both the Nixon case and the Clinton case, there was a special prosecutor who did most of the investigating. Behind closed door. Behind closed doors so in the Clinton case, Ken Starr handed congress everything they needed to know. Now, you could say about what Robert Mueller? Robert Mueller wasn't investigating Ukraine. He was investigating specifically the Russia piece so no one has been investigating Ukraine. It's behind closed doors and in that sense it's consistent with what had happened before. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.

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