WASHINGTON, D.C. - After weeks of closed-door hearings, the impeachment inquiry is now formally open to the public.

The resolution lays out the ground rules for public hearings, and allows President Donald Trump and his legal team to respond to evidence. It also outlines how articles of impeachment could be determined.

The vote passed nearly along party lines.

The vote comes weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opened the inquiry into whether Trump abused his power during a July phone call with the Ukrainian president. It also comes after a group of Republican lawmakers stormed a closed-door hearing last week, demanding greater transparency into the impeachment process.

“There is no process,” U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) told Erie News Now. “The process is whatever (House Intel. Chairman Rep.) Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) decides the process is. This has nothing to do with how these things have taken place in the past. The way is happened in the past is that it was too open, too fair, it doesn’t fit the narrative that the Democrats would like to see.”

"House Democrats have disenfranchised millions of Americans – including about 10 million Pennsylvanians – by conducting these impeachment investigations in secret, so they can manipulate the process into their desired endgame," said U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson in a joint statement with other Pennsylvania Republican House members.

It’s important to note that Thursday’s vote is not a vote for or against impeachment. This simply lays out the rules for what will happen in the weeks and months ahead.