Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

House Dems, Back from Recess, Are Expanding Their Trump-Based Investigations

House Dems, Back from Recess, Are Expanding Their Trump-Based Investigations

House Democrats - just back from their long summer recess - are accelerating and even expanding their investigations focused on President Donald Trump and his actions.

A senior staffer with a House Judiciary committee member said Pelosi and Nadler had always been at odds over whether to move forward with the impeachment inquiry and that some within the caucus had grown frustrated with the speaker for not moving more swiftly. It would also allow hearing witnesses to be questioned by committee attorneys, set procedures for reviewing grand jury material and allow the White House to respond in writing to evidence and testimony.

Nadler said in a statement the procedures would "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".

Only two American presidents have been impeached by the House: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Clinton in 1999.

Despite the growing support, Mrs. Pelosi has not publicly shifted her stance on moving forward on impeachment.

Following reports over the weekend that the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee would start laying the foundation for formal impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the coming days, the committee released the specifics of its next move.

The Judiciary panel has already rebranded what was originally an oversight probe of Trump's presidency as an impeachment investigation.

There haven't been any formal votes on launching an inquiry or hearings on articles of impeachment, but many Democrats on the panel insist that the committee's investigations amounted to forward movement on the issue - something many are frustrated hasn't happened sooner.

"A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday shot down an attempt by House Judiciary Committee Democrats to link their subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn to a separate request for secret grand jury information from the Russian Federation investigation after the Justice Department accused them of trying to 'game the system, '" reports Fox News. While that is a majority of the party caucus, the number is well below the 218 votes needed for the House to approve a resolution.

Pelosi's dismissive remarks follow Chairman Jerry Nadler's (D-NY) efforts to give impeachment new life. "But I think it's important for our country's sake and our future that the voters in this country are the ones who do that, and I believe that we will".

The panel has also sued in federal court to gain access to Mueller's grand jury evidence and to compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify.

If the committee approves the new resolution on Thursday, the more aggressive questioning format would be in place for a September 17 hearing at which Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is scheduled to testify, along with former Trump White House aides Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn.

The committee chairmen contend that the administration is using security assistance aid as leverage to tip the scales in a case against the son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, a Democratic front-runner in the 2020 presidential election, and prosecute Ukrainians that worked against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Mueller, who had made it clear that he was reluctant to testify before Congress, was unprepared and largely unfamiliar with the content of the 448-page report that bears his name, calling into question how and why the report had been assembled.

Among the plans, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is slated to appear before the committee on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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