Where we stand on Trump/impeachment:
- House Judiciary expected to vote to formalize its inquiry on Wednesday
- It's a step Judiciary took in 1973 and 1998
- NYT with more details on the resolution here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/us/politics/democrats-judiciary-procedures-impeachment-trump.html …
Things the Judiciary Committee plans to investigate:
- Russian election interference
- Possible obstruction of justice
- Trump hush-money payments
- Reports of Trump dangling pardons to officials
- Whether Trump has illegally profited from the presidency
If the procedures are adopted, it could speed up the investigatory process by delegating items to Judiciary subcommittees.
It also could end the semantics game Dems have played on an inquiry, including whether one is ongoing, as Nadler said this summer.
134 House Democrats support an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to the latest Washington Post whip count.
17 of the 24 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee support an inquiry.
Formalizing an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee could also strengthen the hand of House Democrats in ongoing lawsuits with the Trump administration, including the House Ways and Means request for Trump’s tax returns. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/07/03/how-house-democrats-have-set-stage-supreme-court-showdown-over-trumps-tax-returns/ …
House Judiciary Committee to vote Thursday on new impeachment procedures https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/democrats-expanding-impeachment-approach-signaling-urgency-probe-president/story?id=65485204 …
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