WASHINGTON (PM) — The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee is set to vote next week on a resolution designing out the methods that it will utilize for its inquiry as they are reportedly contemplating pushing to impeach President Donald Trump.
“The vote, which is expected to occur on Wednesday, will lay out the ground rules for conducting hearings now that the committee has publicly announced it is considering recommending articles of impeachment against Trump,” CNN reported. “It is expected to follow the precedent set in 1974 over the committee’s procedures during then-President Richard Nixon’s impeachment proceedings.”
CNN stated that the resolution is anticipated to enable future House Judiciary hearings to be directed in ways different than normal congressional hearings because the Democrat-controlled committee is examining impeachment. The resolution, which CNN stated was “a major step,” is also expected to give Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) extra power to call hearings at the different committee levels in connection with “its impeachment deliberations.”
In May, American University professor Allan Lichtman, who has correctly foretold the last nine presidential elections, stated that Trump would get re-elected unless Democrats impeached him.
Lichtman wrote that the real damage from an impeachment inquiry comes from “public hearings” and “a public trial in the Senate in which House prosecutors present evidence, present documents, make opening and closing statements.”
Politico recorded that the move comes after Nadler declared in August that his committee was already involved in impeachment proceedings which sparked widespread confusion because no formal vote had been taken.
“Though the language of the resolution is still in flux, some sources said it could incorporate elements of traditional impeachment probes, such as offering access to the president’s attorneys or providing for more time to question witnesses,” Politico published. “There was a discussion among some Democrats on Friday’s call about the strength of the language in the resolution, according to sources briefed on the call.”