House Judiciary Committee approves guidelines for Trump impeachment probe

Breaking: House Judiciary Committee approves guidelines for Trump impeachment probe

9/12/2019 5:02:00 PM

Breaking: House Judiciary Committee approves guidelines for Trump impeachment probe

The party-line vote comes as House Democrats have struggled to articulate a unified message on impeachment.

The party-line vote comes as House Democrats haveto articulate a unified message on impeachment, with senior party leaders avoiding the term even while the Judiciary Committee embraces it in court filings.Story Continued Below“Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said, arguing that a House vote is not necessary. “There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature.”

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Theresolution, which Nadler billed as a “necessary next step” in its months-long investigation, allows Trump and his lawyers to formally respond to evidence and testimony presented in the committee’s hearings.The measure also preemptively triggers a House rule that allows staffers to question witnesses for an hour at the end of every hearing deemed part of the impeachment investigation. It describes the panel’s ability to accept evidence in secret “executive sessions,” and it authorizes the subcommittees to hold hearings and question witnesses in order to expedite the process.

Republicans ripped the measure as a meaningless gesture that simply points to procedures already available in the House and committee’s rules. Nadler has said the resolution is an important step to acknowledge the panel’s investigation and to deploy the procedural mechanisms in advance of impeachment-related hearings.

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, said Democrats were trying to make it appear that they were toughening their stance on impeachment.“The Judiciary Committee has become a giant Instagram filter,” Collins quipped. “To make it appear that something’s happening that is not.”

“He wants the appearance of something that is not,” Collins said of Nadler.In late July, the committee for the first time referred to its investigation as an impeachment probe, telling federal courts that the panel is considering whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House. It was part of an effort to secure documents and witness testimony that Democrats say are critical for its investigation, and remain tied up in court amid blockades from the White House and the Justice Department.

But when lawmakers returned to Washington this week after a six-week recess, Democrats couldn’t seem to agree on what to call their investigation — a reflection of the competing political priorities inside the Democratic Caucus.Progressives have been clamoring for a more aggressive posture on impeachment, while moderate Democrats, many of whom represent Republican-leaning districts and are considered vulnerable in 2020, are reluctant to embrace the impeachment moniker.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said Democrats were trying to “have your impeachment and deny it too.” Republicans also noted that Democrats do not have enough support among their caucus for a vote on the House floor to authorize an impeachment inquiry.

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The committee kicked off its investigation into the president in March, focusing on allegations of corruption and abuses of power. The following month, special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election, and Trump’s efforts to interfere with the probe.

Mueller’s report documented several potential incidents of obstruction of justice, including a directive from Trump to his then-White House Counsel, Don McGahn, to fire Mueller and shut down his investigation.More recently, Democrats havezeroed inon allegations that Trump is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, which seek to ensure that presidents do not benefit financially from government spending — by the U.S. or foreign governments.

The Judiciary Committee is investigating Trump’s recent suggestion that next year’s G7 summit be held at his Doral resort in Florida, in addition to Vice President Mike Pence’s recent stay at a Trump-owned property in Ireland.Additionally, the House Oversight and Reform Committee is probing military stays at Trump’s resort in Turnberry, Scotland, during stopovers from the U.S. to the Middle East.

Nadler has said that the committee will decide by the end of the year whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House. Some articles have already been referred to the Judiciary Committee.“We have a constitutional, historical, and moral obligation to fully investigate these matters,” Nadler said. “Let us take the next step in that work without delay.”

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Ya-hoo! This will do the Democrats in 2020 RepJoeKennedy MA4 as a Constituent - I urge you not to support this plan . It’s time to reveal all the evidence. Thank you RepJerryNadler!!! Even Nadler looked bored at the announcement. Takes 285 votes to impeach and then if it passes that barrier. Has to pass the Senate by 67 votes that is a tall order. Then they have to have a Bill of Charges that meet the High Crimes and Misdemeanor criteria. Peeing in the wind there. RepJerryNadler HuffPost dcexaminer

And they should Take your time Speaker Pelosi, I know you want that pab held accountable. Steady forward, ignore the nibblers from left and right like you always do. Keeping the faith here. Good....can't imagine what they all go through on a daily basis attempting to deal with this moron. Just hope Pelosi knows what she's doing. I know I am not the expert. So, we should give her a lot credit. At her age, she could choose to leave, but she stays instead....HOPE

The wild goose chase continues. This is turning into embarrassment for Democrats! Now we have guidelines for a probe, great! Its the illusion of activity to appease the base while not really accomplishing anything and stalling until Nov 2020 About damn time and at the rate Pelosi is going by not doing her constitutional duty, I say we should impeach her!

HillaryWarnedUs About time! After a six week vacation, this is the best Nadler and his little minions have for us. What a joke and these people actually represent us. New glasses and hair dye is like trying to polish a turd Let the circus begin U can't say they ain't brave hearts hshaha pixburghgrrl Pelosi and Nadler aren’t serious about Impeachment They’re slow walking it until 2020, telling progressives they’re working on it and moderates they’re not. Case in point:

Good. About damned time. We must impeach, convict, and remove this criminal from the People's House! What a joke ... 😂😂😂 Wish they would move on to some important bills to review. UGH, congress is not working for the people anymore. They are paid robots FLUSH! Right down the toilet. Enough said. Yes!!!

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This is just a huge joke now. Nobody is taking this seriously. Most important is to get enough support from Republicans Senators before proceeding with impeachment of Trump. Party lines got to be put aside as wrong doings of a Nation Head certainly will put a country at risk. Utmost, the United States has to be exemplary to all nations.

I’m not an expert but it does seem too little too late... the focus should be on facing the issues head-on, having the media comment on real policies, confronting lies, hammering Trump’s admin unaccomplishments and corruption. Not follow his tweets or deflective media sound bites SethAbramson So what are the Democrats going to do when this fails miserably just like the Russian collusion hoax?

Nancy pelosi steny hoyer Jim clyburn all those who are in Democratic leadership in the Congress if you don't get on board with the impeachment proceedings is Democrats maintain the house in 2020 there will be a change in leadership and we won't be confused Should have been done a long time ago, he is breaking the law on a daily basis, the GOP is just as corrupt

Democrats are nothing but a bunch of buffoons. They no longer serve the people, but rather their own convoluted self interests. They need to go. 🤣😂Democrats lost Legal Latinos, blacks, men, gamers, youtubers, cnn viewers, and now they will be peeling whatever is left over. 🤣😂let’s see the circus! stupid democrats can't realize how insane they are

It's about time lawless people should be in jail not running the country If this is Trump’s Highway to Hell, they better increase the speed limit. You would think they were trying to impeach him for his 3rd term at the rate this is going. I don’t get involved in politics, at all. I keep my opinions to myself. If this happens, this will be a red line for me.

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