House Judiciary Committee sets out rules for impeachment investigations

House Judiciary Committee sets out rules for impeachment investigations


AMNA NAWAZ: Democrats in the U.S. House of
Representatives have taken another tentative step towards impeaching President Trump. They set out ground rules today, amid questions
about how ready they are to go further. White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor
has our report. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Today, Democrats insisted,
no matter what you call the process, the possibility of impeaching President Trump is still on
their minds. REP. JERROLD NADLER (D-NY): Some call this process
an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these
terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: In a party-line vote, the
House Judiciary Committee passed a resolution setting rules for future impeachment investigation
hearings. They allow committee staff to question witnesses
for an hour. They also let the president’s lawyers respond
to testimony only in writing. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler says the move
was an important step to an effective impeachment investigation of President Trump. REP. JERROLD NADLER: Let me clear up any remaining
doubt: The conduct under investigation poses a threat to our democracy. We have an obligation to respond to this threat. And we are doing so. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: But House Republicans called
the resolution a political scheme. REP. GUY RESCHENTHALER (R-PA): So which is it? Are you starting an impeachment proceeding
or not? Is this just more smoke and mirrors so you
can appease the far left? REP. DAVID CICILLINE (D-RI): Will the gentleman
yield, so he can answer his question? REP. GUY RESCHENTHALER: I yield. REP. DAVID CICILLINE: So, the answer is, yes, we’re
engaged in an impeachment investigation. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: California Republican Tom
McClintock added this: REP. TOM MCCLINTOCK (R-CA): I dare you to do it. In fact, I double-dog-dare you to do it. Have the House vote on those 18 words, and
then go at it. Why won’t you do that? It’s because you want to give the illusion
of impeachment without the reality of it. YAMICHE ALCINDOR: Afterwards, Nadler said
the panel would be calling former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to testify next
week. The White House has blocked some testimony
from other Trump associates. For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Yamiche Alcindor.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *