By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) The House Judiciary Committee, led by chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), will begin former proceedings next week that lays the groundwork for a probe into President Donal Trump that they hope will lead to his impeachment.
As reported by Politico, the committee is expected to vote on a resolution establishing the rules for special hearings related to what Nadler has termed an ongoing “impeachment investigation,” though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not formally signed off on one.
CNN noted further that, according to sources the network spoke to, a resolution will be voted on next week that make it clear future House Judiciary hearings can be conducted in was different from most other congressional hearings because impeachment is the issue. That means Nadler is changing the rules to favor Democrats as they plow ahead with a process — impeachment — that most Americans have said they don’t support. (Related: Support for impeaching POTUS is dropping fast, and that’s according to a CNN poll)
One change contained in the resolution, for example, includes authorizing committee staff counsels to question witnesses, which is not typically done at congressional hearings.
Also, the resolution is expected to detail how secret grand jury information can be examined in closed-door sessions — something Republicans are sure to resist over fears of Democrat leaks to the media. Also, it will likely say that the president’s counsel can respond to the committee in writing.
The resolution’s exact language should be finalized by Monday, reports said. The language will reflect precedent set in 1974 during impeachment proceedings against then-President Richard Nixon, CNN reported.
The committee is expected to vote on Wednesday.
New figures showed in August that a majority of her Democratic caucus now supports impeaching the president, as we reported. An estimated 118 of the 235 voting Democratic members have now come out in support of impeachment.
But, as CBS News reported Aug. 22:
According to the Monmouth poll released Thursday, 35% of Americans support impeaching Mr. Trump and removing him from office, while 59% of Americans oppose that course of action. Only 41% of Americans want the House Judiciary Committee to open an impeachment inquiry against the president. …
The poll found that Americans are far from confident that the Senate would vote to remove Mr. Trump from office, even if the House were to pass articles of impeachment. Only 20% of Americans believe that the Senate would vote to oust the president. Nearly one third of Americans, 31%, believe that a formal impeachment process without removal would strengthen Mr. Trump’s re-election bid.
There is a significant partisan divide in opinions on whether to impeach Mr. Trump. Although 72% of Democrats believe Mr. Trump should be impeached, only 39% of independents and 8% of Republicans support impeachment.
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