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    Nadler Confirms House Judiciary Committee Launched ‘Formal Impeachment Proceedings’ Against Trump

    Nadler Confirms House Judiciary Committee Launched ‘Formal Impeachment Proceedings’ Against Trump

    Nadler insisted that Pelosi “has been very cooperative” with his committee.

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) confirmed the committee has launched “formal impeachment proceedings” against President Donald Trump even without Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s blessing. From Fox News:

    “This is formal impeachment proceedings,” Nadler said. “We are investigating all the evidence, we’re gathering the evidence and we will at the conclusion of this, hopefully by the end of the year, vote to, vote articles of impeachment to the House floor or we won’t. That’s a decision that we’ll have to make. But that — that’s exactly the process we’re in right now.”

    “All right, so when you say formal impeachment proceedings, have you started drafting or preparing articles of impeachment should you need them?” host Erin Burnett asked.

    “There are articles of impeachment introduced a number of months ago and referred to the committee,” Nadler responded. “As the investigation proceeds, we may want to draft our own articles of impeachment that may more closely fit the evidence. We’ll see.”

    Nadler and his committee have received some pushback from Pelosi. She has described impeachment proceedings as divisive, a way that could impede the Democrats from winning in 2020.

    Nadler insisted that Pelosi “has been very cooperative” with his committee.

    Hearings will begin in the fall “with key witnesses whose testimony would be part of the committee’s impeachment deliberations.”

    The committee took that first step this week when it filed a lawsuit against Don McGahn, the former White House counsel. He “has defied the panel’s subpoena for testimony about allegations that Trump obstructed justice when he sought to constrain or otherwise end the Mueller investigation.”

    The committee believes McGahn is their “most important fact witness in its consideration of whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”


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    puhiawa | August 9, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Except it isn’t. You had a vote, you lost. This is an attempt to circumscribe judicial review of subpoena’s and executive privilege. The Constitution is pretty clear that impeachment is for the body of the whole, and not a committee that did not exist or was contemplated when the Constitution was adopted.
    What you have here is still an ordinary investigation. You don’t even have a crime other than your imagination. You can make an impeachment recommendation, but you accorded no special privileges while you waste your time.
    Pull up your belt, Nadler. You look like an angry circus clown.

      Barry in reply to puhiawa. | August 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      Once Pelosi gives the OK, the house will vote on articles of impeachment and it will pass.

        artichoke in reply to Barry. | August 10, 2019 at 11:50 am

        Pelosi wouldn’t call the vote unless it would pass, therefore what you say is trivially true — except I think it’s far from certain it will get to where Pelosi would feel comfortable holding the vote.

          Barry in reply to artichoke. | August 10, 2019 at 7:45 pm

          I didn’t say Pelosi would.

          But I think it more likely than it was, and still unlikely.

          It all depends on what we see out of the DOJ. If they whitewash the investigation of the investigators, Pelosi will go for impeachment IMO. If the DOJ prosecutes and calls out the coup plotters, Pelosi will shut the hell up.

          Barry in reply to artichoke. | August 10, 2019 at 7:49 pm

          Pelosi is pulling the strings on all this, the fat Nadler is just a puppet.

      artichoke in reply to puhiawa. | August 10, 2019 at 11:51 am

      Pelosi (on behalf of the body as a whole, formally) approved Nadler’s subpoenas to go out.

    When did the committee hold a vote to begin impeachment proceedings?

      artichoke in reply to gbm. | August 10, 2019 at 10:16 am

      The committee chair probably controls the schedule. That’s Nadler. If not, the Dem majority on the committee would vote as a bloc to approve that schedule.

    He should institute proceedings against his pot belly.

    VaGentleman | August 9, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    It’s about swaying the congressional and presidential election in 2020. It seems to me that they plan to drag this out and have a vote in the House next spring, just in time for the elections, where they will use the Senate vote on impeachment against republicans, and the long drawn out process to further demonize Trump.

    I also think the hearings will happen. My elected reprehensible, Gerry Connolly, sent the following email 2 days ago. This guy always makes sure which way the wind is blowing before he commits to anything. There is nothing new and no facts are presented to back up the allegations, just talking points, which furthers my view that this is just more “Orange man bad!”

    It’s Time.
    Dear Neighbor,

    In their wisdom, the Founders rejected the idea of an executive branch that could go unchecked, and granted the power of impeachment to Congress – one of the most serious means of oversight we can undertake – to hold accountable those in high office, including the President. It is a serious action that must not be rushed, abused, or taken lightly. But after careful thought and consideration, I believe the time has come for the House of Representatives to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump. Four reasons lead me to this conclusion.

    First, the gravity of the revelations in the Special Counsel’s report and testimony before Congress should trouble all Americans. The report details at least ten instances in which the President of the United States obstructed justice. Further, it chillingly warns, “The protection of the criminal justice system from corrupt acts by any person – including the President – accords with the fundamental principle of our government that “[n]o [person] in this country is so high that he is above the law.” I firmly believe, but for the flawed Justice Department opinion, President Trump would be indicted for his actions.

    Second, I have seen firsthand the Trump administration’s across the board defiance of Congress’ legitimate investigations and subpoenas on everything from adding a citizenship question to the census to this Administration’s cruel and inhumane child separation policy. If these constitutionally-mandated oversight responsibilities are left undefended, our very democracy is threatened.

    Third, the American people have also been witness to a president who at every opportunity has chosen to disregard the rule of law and our constitution for his own enrichment. He continues to violate the emoluments clause and his conflicts of interest are rampant. He makes decisions not for the good of the country, but for his own benefit.

    Finally, I caution that we cannot allow ourselves to become so desensitized to the President’s behavior that there are no consequences. This is a man who continues to debase the office he holds. He has instilled fear and incited violence. He has called American communities infested, he has told members of Congress to go back to where they came from, he stoked the flames of white supremacy by repeatedly referring to an invasion of foreigners, and he has questioned the allegiance of our fellow Americans. At every moment, whether it was in the aftermath of Charlottesville or El Paso or Dayton, he has failed to heal our country and call us to our better angels. Instead, he has stained the Oval Office with his racism, xenophobia, and bigotry.

    We stand at a perilous moment for our country. No individual should be above the law. No individual should act the way this president behaves without consequence. No administration should be allowed to disregard the constitution at their whim. Now more than ever, Congress must assert its constitutional role and that is why I believe we must immediately start an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

    Gerald E. Connolly
    Member of Congress

    hopp singg | August 9, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Now all they need is a hitherto unknown woman to accuse Trump of raping her decades ago, on an unknown date at an unremembered location.

    It’s a proven strategy, right?

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