House judiciary committee to vote on impeachment investigation procedures

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

He laid out new procedures that he said would govern "the committee's investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Donald J. Trump".

House Democrats are continuing to probe any possible ties between President Trump and Russian Federation, even though he was cleared by former special prosecutor Robert Mueller of conspiring with agents of that country prior to the 2016 election.

Sixteen House Democrats, in interviews, offered wildly conflicting assessments of the status of the House Judiciary Committee's investigation of Trump, which its chairman - Rep.

It would also grant the committee counsel permission to question witnesses for an additional hour beyond the 5 minutes allotted to each Congressional member of the committee while allowing Trump's counsel to respond in writing to any evidence and testimony presented to the committee.

"This president will not last", added Ocasio-Cortez, "whether he's voted out next year or whether he serves another term, this president will not last, but those members in the Senate need to carry that legacy and they need to go to bat for what they're doing".

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Massachusetts Representative Bill Keating, who was among the party members who this summer endorsed the start of impeachment proceedings, said Pelosi "was supportive" of the Judiciary Committee move during a closed meeting Tuesday morning of House Democrats.

But the approach has been criticized by Republicans for avoiding a precedent from the Nixon and Clinton eras, when formal impeachment inquiries were authorized by the full House.

With the 2020 election on the horizon, Pelosi, as well as numerous Democratic Party's moderates, fear that voters' distaste for impeachment could put the majority back in the hands of Republicans. For there to be a two thirds majority, at least 12 Democrats in the upper house of Congress would have had to vote for the president's removal, as well as every Republican.

"It represents another significant step forward", a senior Judiciary aide said on Monday. "It's beyond time for the House to do more than small-bore resolutions to give them cover", CREDO Action campaign manager Thaís Marques said in a statement.

"We are expanding the investigation outwards from the Mueller report to what I think every American can understand intuitively-the president has treated the office as an extended get-rich-quick scheme", Raskin told The Washington Post.

The panel has also sued in federal court to gain access to Mueller's grand jury evidence and to compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify. The committee is expected to vote on a resolution laying the groundwork for its impeachment probe despite the move remaining highly unpopular among Americans, as recent polls indicate.

"The committee has taken the next step in its investigation of whether to approve articles of impeachment against President Trump", said a Democratic aide to the committee during Monday's call.

But it is not clear whether the White House could seek to stonewall the hearing by directing Porter and Dearborn not to testify. Lewandowski has said he intends to appear.

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