House Judiciary Committee to Hear Evidence as Impeachment Vote Nears

Clay Curtis
December 9, 2019

The House judiciary committee was scheduled on Monday to hold its second public impeachment hearing.

Rep Jerry Nadler, Chairman, Judiciary Committee speaks with senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins as the House Judiciary Committee receives presentations of evidence in the impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on December 9.

"We have a very rock-solid case", House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from NY, told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" Sunday. "We need to present the best possible case".

And Nadler argued the fairness of the election gives "an urgency to this impeachment".

The panel is considering articles of impeachment that would accuse Trump of abuse of power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress for refusing to cooperate with Congress.

"The Democrats are looking at a partisan impeachment of the President of the United States", GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina said on "State of the Union" Sunday. They will not have any defectors, Republican lawmakers said on Sunday, but Democrats will be under increasing pressure to vote against impeachment.

If the committee votes to recommend articles of impeachment, the full Democratic-led House could vote to impeach Trump by Christmas.

As Democrats debate including Mueller's evidence, Trump's conduct as detailed in Mueller's report will at least be part of the discussion on Monday.

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Democratic sources say that Monday's hearing will showcase a "pattern of behavior" of Trump that shows impeachable conduct while in office, as Nadler signaled in Sunday's interview.

House Democrats who must appeal to skeptical independent voters to get re-elected have expressed misgivings about supporting a charge of obstruction of justice based on Mueller.

Nadler dismissed the contention, saying that the documents presented on Saturday were basically the intelligence committee report released earlier in the week to both Republicans and Democrats.

The impeachment inquiry that threatens Trump's presidency focuses on his request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 2020 election.

Still, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, seemed to indicate he did not support including the Mueller allegations in the impeachment articles.

The House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees are set to hear presentations on the next steps in the impeachment process.

The White House will not be participating.

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