House Judiciary Committee proceeds to set up its impeachment probe

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2019

Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, watches as Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky., Aug. 1, 2019, for a campaign rally.

A committee vote is scheduled for Thursday. "It's a continuation of what we have been doing. It's beyond time for the House to do more than small-bore resolutions to give them cover", CREDO Action campaign manager Thaís Marques said in a statement.

Signaling a widening gap between Democratic leadership and the House Judiciary Committee, the panel will vote this week on whether to install new procedures for its impeachment inquiry and illustrate its intensifying efforts in the probe.

"The Congressional Progressive Caucus strongly endorses the House Judiciary Committee's current formal impeachment investigation and the adoption of the Resolution of Investigative Procedures", the statement reads.

In addition, the panel will be able to accept evidence in closed meetings, and Trump's team can respond in writing to evidence and testimony presented to the committee. The resolution comes as part of a sweeping investigation the New York Democrat launched in March, aimed at reviewing allegations of obstruction of justice and improper contacts with Russian agents that were substantiated by the Mueller investigation.

A probe of potential violations of the Constitution's "Emoluments Clause" will pore over the Stormy Daniels pay-off. "He has dangled pardons, been involved in campaign finance violations, and stonewalled Congress across the board, noting that he will defy all subpoenas".

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, also said Monday the panel was expanding its inquiry to include Trump's dealings with Deutsche Bank and questions about whether the president engaged in money laundering and other activities that could have left him vulnerable to foreign influence.

Public and political support for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump remains limited, especially in the wake of underwhelming testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III over his almost two-year investigation into Trump-Russia collusion.

The House Judiciary Committee this week announced it was ready to amp up its investigation into whether to open a formal inquiry.

"Thank you for being here", Van Susteren said.

More than half of the Democratic caucus has come out in support of an impeachment inquiry, with more than two-dozen of the new advocates coming forward since former special counsel Mueller's testimony in July.

"On impeachment what we're seeing, and they're speaking very publicly about this on the record to many of you, that their first effort at impeachment seems not to have worked", she continued. "It happened because members of all our grassroots organizations came out and demanded action", Ezra Levin, co-executive director of Indivisible, said late last month, as the group's Impeachment August public action was underway.

"My position has always been, whatever decision we made in that regard would have to be done with our strongest possible hand, and we still have some outstanding matters in the courts", Pelosi said before the summer break.

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