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House Dems, Back from Recess, Are Expanding Their Trump-Based Investigations

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Deanna Wagner | 10 September, 2019, 21:48

In a committee release on Monday, Nadler said the adoption of the procedures "will help ensure our impeachment hearings are informative to Congress and the public, while providing the President with the ability to respond to evidence presented against him".

Three U.S. House of Representatives committees said on Monday they had begun "a wide-ranging investigation" into reports that President Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and possibly others pressured Ukraine's government to assist Trump's re-election campaign. Evidence would be allowed in private session to protect the confidentiality of sensitive materials, and any full committee or subcommittee hearing could be designated by Nadler as part of the committee's probe into whether to recommend articles of impeachment.

It would also grant the committee counsel permission to question witnesses for an additional hour beyond the 5 minutes allotted to each Congressional member of the committee while allowing Trump's counsel to respond in writing to any evidence and testimony presented to the committee.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler prepares for a television news interview at the Capitol in Washington, D.Cl, July 26, 2019. Make no bones about it: We need to defeat Donald Trump. Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, and Rick Dearborn, a former White House deputy chief of staff, were subpoenaed to appear before the same hearing.

"Without Chairman Nadler setting a date for a vote on articles of impeachment, it's clear that Speaker Pelosi and Democratic Leadership are still putting the brakes on impeachment". "You know, I think it's important for us to think about what is in the best interest of the country and the American people, and continuing to pursue impeachment is something that I think will only further to tear our country apart".

McCarthy also said he disagrees with former Rep. Mark Sanford, who said over the weekend that he's challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination because the party has lost its way on debt and deficit spending, among other reasons.

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House Democrats are continuing to probe any possible ties between President Trump and Russian Federation, even though he was cleared by former special prosecutor Robert Mueller of conspiring with agents of that country prior to the 2016 election.

The committee chairmen contend that the administration is using security assistance aid as leverage to tip the scales in a case against the son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, a Democratic front-runner in the 2020 presidential election, and prosecute Ukrainians that worked against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Judiciary Committee took similar steps to outline the rules for its impeachment inquiries into Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

An aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is supportive of the committee's effort to expand its investigative powers, which Democrat leaders believe demonstrates the urgency of their investigation into the president to the courts.

The Judiciary panel has already rebranded what was originally an oversight probe of Trump's presidency as an impeachment investigation. The committees said in a joint release that the record request is a "first step in a broad investigation into this matter". Mr. Nadler has demanded the presence of several former top Trump aides - including former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski - that, according to the special counsel's report, were involved in efforts to thwart the investigations.