Public hearings regarding the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump will begin this week. 

House lawmakers are preparing to conduct the first public hearings in the impeachment injury, with three witnesses set to testify Wednesday and Friday, according to multiple sources.  

The inquiry was started by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in September of this year, despite initial resistance. 

The main reason the inquiry was filed was due to reports of extortion by Trump toward Ukraine from a whistleblower. 

According to the whistleblower, Trump attempted to withhold aid from Ukraine until they promised to get compromising information on former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden. 

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney won't pursue a lawsuit over whether he should comply with a congressional subpoena and will instead "rely on the direction of the president," according to CBS News. 

CBS News also reported that a top Pentagon official told lawmakers the Defense Department was left in the dark about a decision to delay military aid to Ukraine. 

Local political groups and people have released statements about the inquiry, along with some statements at the national level. 

College Democrats at ISU

College Republicans at ISU

College Democrats of America

The College Democrats of America (CDA) is currently unable to give statements on the impeachment inquiry at this time.

JAKE DAHL is a News Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at | @jdahl3005 Follow him on Twitter at @jdahl3005 

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