Another step forward.

Courtesy of NBC News

The House Judiciary Committee took a big step Thursday morning in its ongoing investigation into whether to recommend the filing of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, passing a resolution that set procedures and rules for future impeachment investigation hearings.

The resolution passed along party lines, 24-17.

“What we are doing with this resolution is simply putting into effect certain procedures to make that investigation more effective,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., told NBC News earlier this week, saying the move was needed because “the inquiry is getting more serious.”

Under the resolution, Nadler would be able to designate hearings run by the full committee and its subcommittees as part of the impeachment investigation. The committee’s lawyers would also be able to question witnesses for an additional hour beyond the five minutes that are allotted to each member of Congress on the panel.

Well I guess we know what the first question asked at tonight’s Democratic debate will be. 

The first hearing where these new procedures will be in effect is Corey Lewandowski’s scheduled for September 17.