House Democrats have found so much evidence against Trump that the impeachment investigation might not be done until between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Some Democrats had hoped that a narrow probe — focused on whether Trump put on ice efforts to bolster relations with Ukraine and provide US military aid to the country until it carried through with a political favor — could conclude swiftly, with a potential vote to impeach Trump by Thanksgiving.
But that has proven to be more complicated than it initially seemed, according to multiple Democratic lawmakers and sources. The reason: Each witness has so far provided more leads for investigators to chase down, including new names to potentially interview or seek documents from. Plus, Democrats have had to reschedule several witnesses, including some this week in part because of memorial services for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, and others because they needed more time to retain lawyers.
“I think it’s more like between Thanksgiving and Christmas” for the end of the investigation, said one Democratic member involved in the probe. “After that, it’s a strategic decision about when to bring it to the floor.”
House Democrats could wait until after Christmas to bring impeachment to the floor, but doing so would move the impeachment trial in the Senate into conflict with the presidential election season.
The thought has long been that House Democrats would like to have impeachment done before they leave for Christmas break, but there is so much evidence related to the Ukraine scandal that the impeachment investigation has gotten much bigger than they were expecting.
House Democrats could gove the American people the ultimate gift this holiday season by impeaching Donald Trump for Christmas.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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