WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee took a major step Thursday morning in its ongoing investigation into whether to recommend filing counterfeit articles against President Donald Trump, adopting a resolution laying down procedures and rules for future hearings on impeachment divestments.  The resolution was adopted according to the parties, 24-17.
"Some call this process an impeachment investigation. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler , DN.Y., said in its opening statement Thursday.
"But let me clear up any remaining doubts: The conduct under investigation poses a threat to our democracy. We have an obligation to respond to that threat. And we do."
Earlier this week, Nadler told NBC News that the purpose of the resolution was to implement "certain procedures to make this investigation more effective," a necessary feature given that "the investigation is becoming more serious." which is run by the entire committee and its subcommittees as part of the anxiety study. The committee's attorneys can also hear witnesses for another hour in addition to the five minutes assigned to each congressman on the panel.
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The president's attorneys will also be able to respond in writing to evidence and testimony provided to the committee, and evidence may received in a closed session.
The Best Republican in the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., Attacked the resolution, insisting that it did not allow Nadler to do something he did not already have the authority to do.
"The Judiciary Committee has become a giant Instagram filter," which made it appear that something bigger than what has happened has happened, Collins said.
The first hearing scheduled by the Judiciary Committee where the proceedings will apply is scheduled for September 1
While the Democrats have not set a deadline to recommend articles on forgery, staff have proposed a timeframe for the pre-election election.
"I think it is fair to say that it is the end of the year, but it is not a hard and fast deadline. That's our goal, "said the assistant.
Nadler himself has been less definitive on a potential timeline, NBC News told this week:" I don't know. I would like to do it fairly quickly. "
When the committee meeting was going on, Trump tweeted " We can't beat him, so let's accuse him! ", a quote he attributed to the rep. Al Green, D-Texas, one of the first and most eager supporters of impeachment. It's not clear if Green has ever said that; In May, he told MSNBC: "I'm worried that if we don't accuse the president, he will be re-elected."
In response to Trump, Green tweeted, "Since no one is above the law, we must prosecute, and if the Senate does not judge, we will defeat. @realDonaldTrump You will NOT have a second term!"
There has been considerable confusion among legislators about the status of the investigation. Nadler said before the congressional six-week summer effort that the panel was already in the middle of doing an impeachment investigation. Other legislators have said it has not been clarified.
On Thursday, Nadler reiterated that there is no legal difference between an impeachment and impeachment investigation and said that as of next week, the committee would launch an aggressive series of hearings.
Still, fall speaker Nancy Pelosi has not backed down on her public stance that shies away from full-blown impeachment.
"The public is not there for impeachment," she told the House Democrats during a conference call in late August – though she did not close the door for the opportunity to move on in the future.
On Monday, she asked if she agreed with Nadler's statement that forgery has already taken place, she avoided responding directly. "I really don't know what the chairman said, I know we've been on a path for investigation and that includes the possibility of [of] legislation or impeachment," she told reporters.
Pelosi also said that she had signed on Nadler's decision to hold the vote on the resolution Thursday to set up the panel's procedures for investigating violence.
"We have been in a persecution investigation as we have investigated whether the Judiciary Committee will recommend articles on the procedure to the entire House," the rep said. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., A member of the judicial panel. "This allows us to formalize it and also allows us to use slightly different procedures that will be helpful as we go through an investigation because five minutes back and forth is very difficult."
The Congressional Progressive Caucus, of which Jayapal is a co-chair, took an official position Tuesday to support an investigation into violence.
More than half of Parliament's democratic caucus – 134 of 235 – has publicly supported an inquiry into impeachment, including 17 of the 24 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee.
Immeachment was an important issue during the congressional town hall during the congressional recession in August, as a significant number of House Democrats, especially newcomers, continued to grapple with the issue.
Republicans continued to argue that Democrats need to take an official vote to begin any kind of inquiry.
t leaders continue to note. The formal procedure has always been approved by a vote of the entire House, which President Pelosi has been careful not to allow, "said the top Republican in the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga. the panel's planned Thursday action "a meaningless repetition of existing committee authority, leaving the chairman to keep this story in the news when moderate Democrats simply want it to disappear."