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 -- including Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.), who represents Pennsylvania's Northern Tier -- stormed a closed-door hearing last week, demanding greater transparency into the impeachment process.

“Up until last week, I wasn’t permitted to even look at the Volker testimony," said Keller. "When I did it, I had to have a Democrat staffer sit in the room to babysit me. Quite frankly, I think that should be insulting to the American people that they have been shut out of this process.”

New York Rep. Tom Reed also voted against the resolution.

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.