House Judiciary Committee to hold 2nd impeachment hearing

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

But he described the central allegation as being that Trump "sought foreign interference in our elections several times, both for 2016 and 2020, and that he sought to cover it up" thus posing "a real and present danger to the integrity of the election" coming in November.

"They can appeal to the full committee if they wish and we'll have a vote on that".

The commander-in-chief also retweeted attacks on impeachment tweeted by GOP congressmen, including one post by Rep. Jodey Arrington calling the process a "charade" and another from House Republican Whip Steve Scalise suggesting the inquiry was a "scam". Bribery would likely center on Trump withholding the aid to Ukraine, and also dangling a White House meeting to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in exchange for the political investigations.

"The reason we don't have more direct evidence is the president has ordered everybody in the executive branch not to cooperate with Congress in the impeachment inquiry, something unprecedented in American history, and a contempt of Congress by itself". This is a farce. The Republican counsel will also testify in support of the minority report produced by the Republicans on the Intelligence Committee.

Trump tweeted Sunday, "I.G. report out tomorrow". "That will be the big story!"

Democrats say Trump abused his power in the July 25 phone call when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a favor in investigating Democrats and engaged in bribery by withholding almost $400 million in military aide that Ukraine depends on to counter Russian aggression.

The report comes just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Democrats would move forward on drafting articles of impeachment.

A Senate vote requires a two-thirds majority to convict and remove the president - unlikely in this case, given that Mr Trump's party controls the chamber.

Democrats have signaled they're weighing three grounds for Trump's impeachment: abuse of energy, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice. "We'll bring articles of impeachment presumably before the committee at some point later in the week", he said.

Before the articles are introduced, the committee will consider the evidence of impeachment in a Monday hearing.

Nadler gave a broad-range interview to NBC's Chuck Todd for Meet The Press, where he faced numerous questions about how many articles of impeachment the House of Representatives will file against Trump, and on what charges. He said final decisions will come after Monday's hearing and discussions with the Democratic caucus.

They will argue that Trump's actions were part of a "repeated pattern", and that the Ukraine episode is important because it represents a "future pattern", highlighting the urgency of moving quickly to impeach the president ahead of 2020.

Democrats mostly had stopped talking about the Mueller probe, which concluded that there was a lack of evidence to support allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, but made no decision on alleged obstruction of justice.

However many Democrats and others see the 10 distinct episodes of potential obstruction of justice by Trump specified by the second half of the Mueller report as proof of egregious misconduct deserving of prosecution. "We're going to receive the evidence carefully, we're going to evaluate that evidence as it applies to the law that is set forth in the Constitution and make a judgment about what articles of impeachment, but the timetable, I think, is less clear".

"If they do not impeach him, they can not beat him at the polls", McCarthy, R-Calif.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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