The steps that the committee will take with its resolution on Thursday are largely procedural, but they nevertheless represent a step forward for the panel’s impeachment investigation, after the committee argued in court filings earlier this summer it did not need the full House to vote on a formal impeachment inquiry.
The committee released the five-page resolution
on Monday. Titled, “Resolution for Investigative Procedures,” the documents details procedures for the committee to follow in its impeachment investigation, including:
- Nadler may designate any full committee or subcommittee hearing as part of the committee’s impeachment investigation.
- Staff will be allowed to question witnesses for an additional hour in committee hearings, divided between Democrats and Republicans.
- The President’s counsel can respond in writing to information and testimony provided to the committee in a public setting, and the chairman can invite the President’s lawyers to view protected information.
- Grand-jury material and other documents obtained in the investigation will be protected under the committee’s executive session rules.
Republicans argue that the committee isn’t really in an impeachment investigation at all.
“Judiciary Democrats are trying to pull a fast one on Americans” tweeted Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Judiciary Committee Republican. “They know they don’t have the votes for the whole House to impeach, so they’re trying to adopt committee rules to govern an ‘impeachment investigation’ the House hasn’t even authorized.”
The new procedures could be used later this month when three officials have been subpoenaed to testify: former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House aides Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn. They are scheduled to appear on September 17.
Heading into a crucial fall session, the committee plans to broaden out its impeachment inquiry
beyond the findings of the Mueller report to also examine questions about foreign payments to Trump’s businesses that could violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, reports that the President dangled pardons to officials if they broke the law to carry out his immigration policies and hush-money payments made during the 2016 campaign.