The House Judiciary Committee will meet on Thursday to consider options for procedures going forward on hearings on impeaching Donald Trump.
According to a statement provided to PoliticusUSA by the House Judiciary Committee:
The new procedures provide that:
– Chairman Nadler will be able to designate full or subcommittee hearings as part of the investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment.
– Committee counsel may question witnesses for an additional hour beyond the 5 minutes allotted to each Member of Congress on the Committee. The hour will be equally divided between the majority and the minority; thirty minutes for each side.
– Evidence may be received in closed executive session. This allows the Committee to protect the confidentiality of sensitive materials when necessary, such as with grand jury materials.
– The President’s counsel may respond in writing to evidence and testimony presented to the Committee.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said, “No one is above the law. The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the President are under investigation by the Committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies. The adoption of these additional procedures is the next step in that process and will help ensure our impeachment hearings are informative to Congress and the public, while providing the President with the ability to respond to evidence presented against him. We will not allow Trump’s continued obstruction to stop us from delivering the truth to the American people.”
Impeachment is a process. It is not something that should be rushed into or done quickly. House Judiciary Democrats are giving themselves more legal options for breaking Trump’s obstruction of their investigations and gaining information. The process is moving toward impeachment hearings and a formal impeachment investigation. All of the moves that Chairman Nadler’s committee will take this week only strengthen their court cases against Trump and witnesses to the president’s potential crimes.
Congress is back in session and they are moving forward on impeachment.
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