House Democrats Plan Next Steps in Trump Impeachment Probe
Should the House vote on articles of impeachment?
by Countable's Trump Impeachment Coverage | 11.22.19
The House Intelligence Committee wrapped up its seventh impeachment hearing in two weeks on Thursday, and now House Democrats are planning the next steps in their impeachment targeting President Donald Trump.
What’s next in the impeachment probe?
The House Intelligence Committee has begun preparing a report with its findings and recommendations based off of the closed-door depositions and public impeachment hearings it conducted in recent weeks. Democratic committee members say they expect the report to be completed in early December after lawmakers return from Thanksgiving recess.
Once finalized, the report will be sent over to the House Judiciary Committee under the process formalized by Democrats in H.Res. 660, the resolution that tasked six committees with continuing investigations into whether sufficient grounds exist to impeach the president. The Judiciary Committee would then have the power to hold hearings in which the president and/or his legal counsel could participate. Ultimately, the Judiciary Committee will draft any articles of impeachment, resolutions, or other recommendations it deems necessary and pass them on to the full House of Representatives.
Democratic leaders have held back from setting a firm timeline for all of the above to allow potential hearings from subpoenaed witnesses who have refused to testify, such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton. However, Democrats have signaled that they won’t wait for the resolution of legal cases intended to compel those witnesses’ testimony and may bring articles of impeachment to the floor before the end of the year without them.
What articles of impeachment are Democrats considering?
Democrats are reportedly considering four articles of impeachment related to Trump’s conduct in the Ukraine scandal, including:
- Abuse of power.
- Obstruction of Congress.
- Obstruction of justice.
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