House Back on the Trump impeachment Agenda


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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 09: U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a question from a reporter at an event for the signing of two executive orders aimed at greater governmental transparency at the White House October 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump answered questions on the pending impeachment inquiry and the Turkish offensive into northern Syria following the signing of the executive orders. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Washington Examiner: The House Rules Committee will debate a resolution tomorrow to provide a “pathway forward” for the impeachment of President Trump, lawmakers announced Tuesday.

“The House impeachment inquiry has collected extensive evidence and testimony, and soon the American people will hear from witnesses in an open setting,” four top Democrats said in a statement. “The resolution introduced today in the House Rules Committee will provide that pathway forward.“

The House will outline rules for the House Intelligence Committee to conduct public hearings that will allow both staff and lawmakers to question witnesses. It will also authorize the release of transcripts compiled from closed-door testimony of current and former Trump administration officials now taking place in the Capitol basement.

The resolution will also dictate the “transfer of evidence” to the Judiciary Committee, which will mark up impeachment articles, and give Trump “due process rights” in the Judiciary Committee.

Democrats have established rules that include provisions similar to a bipartisan agreement established ahead of the Clinton impeachment inquiry. Republicans, who are in the minority, will have the right to call witnesses and even issue subpoenas, but only if the majority Democrats agree first.

The statement was issued today by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, Oversight and Government Reform Committee acting Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler.

“The evidence we have already collected paints the picture of a President who abused his power by using multiple levers of government to press a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election,” the four lawmakers said. “Following in the footsteps of previous impeachment inquiries, the next phase will move from closed depositions to open hearings where the American people will learn firsthand about the President’s misconduct.”


Dean Nestor

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