Rewatch The Historic Announcement Of Articles of Impeachment Against Donald J. Trump
*NOTE: Two Independents, Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and Senator Angus King (ME) support impeachment.
Historic House Judiciary Committee Vote On Impeachment In...
Who Testified Wednesday In The Impeachment Hearings?
- Pamela S. Karlan, Stanford Law School
- Michael Gerhardt, University of North Carolina School of Law
- Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law School (of note: He’s the sole GOP witness today)
Who Testified Monday In Impeachment Hearings?
House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Procedures
The Judiciary Committee has laid out a set of procedures under which it will conduct its impeachment proceedings. To review those briefly:
- The Judiciary Committee may receive presentations on the evidence from counsels to the Intelligence Committee, as well as any of the other four committees participating in the impeachment inquiry (Ways and Means, Oversight and Reform, Financial Services, and Foreign Affairs). Reporting suggests that Intelligence Committee counsel may make such a presentation as soon as next week.
- The Judiciary Committee may also receive a presentation of relevant information from its own counsel.
- The president’s counsel may attend these presentations and, “subject to instructions from the chair,” may ask questions.
- The Judiciary Committee may also call additional witnesses, like those they plan to hear from this week. The same atypical extended period of questioning by staff used by the Intelligence Committee will also be available.
- The president’s counsel may also ask questions in these sessions, though White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has indicated he will not do so for at least the first hearing. Furthermore, the president’s counsel may request that the Judiciary Committee hear from other witnesses, with the committee—presumably by a vote subject to a simple majority threshold—deciding whether to comply.
Re-Watch Past Testimony In Impeachment Hearings
Where Things Stand Now
- What happened: After a lengthy day of debating the two articles of impeachment against Trump, abuse of power and obstruction of congress, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve both articles. The vote fell on partisan lines: Democrats voted yes and Republicans voted no, with the exception of Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat who was absent because of illness.
- Yesterday: The vote was supposed to be held yesterday but was unexpectedly delayed by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a decision that underscored the partisan tensions throughout the impeachment inquiry.
- What’s in the articles: The first article of impeachment accuses Trump of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals and withholding US security aid and a White House meeting. The second accuses him of obstructing the investigation into his misconduct by blocking witnesses and disobeying subpoenas.
- What’s next: The two articles of impeachment will now go to the House floor for a vote. If a simple majority of the House votes to approve either article, Trump will become the third president ever formally impeached — President Nixon resigned after the votes passed the House Judiciary Committee but before they could make it to the full House. The House has yet to set a specific date for the full impeachment vote, but two Democratic leadership aides said it could happen on Wednesday.
- Possible trial: Then the Republican-led Senate will hold a trial presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The White House is still planning its trial strategy and considering whether or not it will call witnesses, which may lengthen the trial. Trump said earlier today that “I wouldn’t mind the long process because I’d like to see the whistleblower — who is a fraud.”
- This follows closed-door hearings and subpoenaed documents related to the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, an inquiry prompted by a complaint from a whistleblower. Lawmakers’ inquiry could lead to impeachment, which would mean the U.S. House thinks the president is no longer fit to serve and should be removed from office. This also follows two weeks’ worth of hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, with multiple diplomats, and persons with knowledge of varying levels on the Trump/Zelensky July 25th phone call. Here’s a guide to how impeachment works.
- Witnesses included former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill, embassy aide David Holmes; EU Amb. Gordon Sondland, Pentagon official Laura Cooper, State Dept. undersecretary David Hale; White House Ukraine expert Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Pence aide Jennifer Williams, ex-Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker, former White House Russia aide Tim Morrison and ex-Ukraine Amb. Marie Yovanovitch, Ambassador Bill Taylor, and George Kent.
- How we got here: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of an official impeachment inquiry against President Trump on Sept. 24, 2019. Here’s what has happened since then.