House Democrats have backed Trump into a corner and wiped out every Trump defense with their impeachment resolution.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Jerrod Nadler, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
The House impeachment inquiry has collected extensive evidence and testimony, and soon the American people will hear from witnesses in an open setting. The resolution introduced today in the House Rules Committee will provide that pathway forward.
The resolution provides rules for the format of open hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, including staff-led questioning of witnesses, and it authorizes the public release of deposition transcripts.
The resolution also establishes procedures for the transfer of evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and it sets forth due process rights for the President and his Counsel in the Judiciary Committee proceedings.
The evidence we have already collected paints the picture of a President who abused his power by using multiple levers of government to press a foreign country to interfere in the 2020 election. Following in the footsteps of previous impeachment inquiries, the next phase will move from closed depositions to open hearings where the American people will learn firsthand about the President’s misconduct.
Read the full resolution:
All of Trump’s defenses for his obstruction of the impeachment investigation are blown to bits by this resolution. Trump will have “due process,” transcripts will be released, public hearings will be held, and evidence will be sent to the Judiciary Committee for consideration of articles of impeachment. Trump and the Republicans ignored a federal judge’s ruling that impeachment is legal and official.
Pelosi will have the votes. The resolution will pass, and Trump’s final flimsy defenses of his obstruction will be destroyed.
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