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Democrats to advance Trump impeachment inquiry

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Published on November 03, 2019 with No Comments

House Democrats moved quickly to bring their impeachment case against United States President Donald Trump into the open, saying they would forgo court battles with defiant witnesses and would vote this week on procedures to govern nationally televised hearings.

Representative Adam B. Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman who is leading the inquiry, said that Democrats would not wait to fight the Trump administration in court as it moves to block key witness testimony. Instead, after Trump’s former deputy national security adviser defied a subpoena, he issued a warning: White House directives not to cooperate would only bolster the case that the president had abused his office and obstructed Congress.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi added to that sense of urgency, announcing that after weeks of private fact-finding, the full House would vote to initiate a public phase of the inquiry. That vote would establish rules for the public presentation of evidence and outline due process rights for Trump. It will be the first time all House lawmakers will be asked to go on record regarding the investigation since it began in September, something Democrats had so far resisted. “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly-authorised subpoenas or continue obstructing the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues. “Nobody is above the law.”


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