Politics House to vote this week on impeachment inquiry procedures
Senate GOP introduces resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry
Senate Republicans introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning the impeachment inquiry against President Trump and calling on the House to hold a formal vote on the inquiry. Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is spearheading the resolution, which is backed by 39 GOP senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "Every American should be disturbed by what is taking place in the House of Representatives regarding the attempt to impeach President Trump," Graham said in a statement."We cannot have a country where every American has rights except Donald Trump.
House Democrats are setting up a vote this week on their impeachment inquiry as they move closer to a public phase of the investigation.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Rules Committee, said Monday that he will introduce a resolution this week to "ensure transparency" and "provide a clear path forward" in the impeachment inquiry.
The text of the resolution has yet to be released, but McGovern plans to introduce it on Tuesday ahead of a markup in his committee on Wednesday.
Susan Collins won't co-sponsor Senate resolution condemning impeachment inquiry
The Maine Republican said she has not yet decided how she will vote on the resolution.The measure, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last week, has support from 50 of the 53 Senate Republicans. It also asks that the House provide President Donald Trump “due process” and give House Republicans subpoena power.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a letter to lawmakers said the legislation would receive a vote this week. The Washington Post reported that the resolution could be subject to a full vote by the House on Thursday.
This would be the first formal vote on the new impeachment process by the House since Pelosi threw her support to an inquiry in September.
Democrats have insisted they did not need to hold a floor vote to launch the impeachment inquiry itself, despite calls for such a vote from the White House and Republicans.
"As committees continue to gather evidence and prepare to present their findings, I will be introducing a resolution to ensure transparency and provide a clear path forward," McGovern said in a statement. "This is the right thing to do for the institution and the American people."
Graham claims victory with impeachment vote
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who introduced a resolution condemning secretive impeachment proceedings in the House, claimed victory Monday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she’ll hold a formal vote and open up the hearings to the public. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.“There is no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming response House Democrats heard from the American people and Senate Republicans in support of my resolution forced their hand,” said the South Carolina Republican, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A vote on the resolution would come as Republicans are pressuring Democrats to conduct their impeachment proceedings in public beyond the series of closed-door witness depositions with current and former Trump administration officials over the past month.
Currently, only members of the three committees leading the impeachment inquiry - Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs - are allowed to sit in on the witness interviews in a secure facility in the sub-basement of the Capitol. Members of both parties are allowed to attend and ask questions of witnesses.
Dozens of House Republicans stormed the secure facility last week to protest the lack of more widespread access for all members of the House.
Impeachment investigators ask Rick Perry to testify .
Energy Secretary Rick Perry is being called to testify in the House impeachment inquiry. Perry, the first member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet who has asked to appear before House investigators, is scheduled for Wednesday, according an official working on the impeachment inquiry but unauthorized to discuss it publicly. The person was granted anonymity. It's unclear if Perry would show up for the closed-door session. HousePerry, the first member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet who has asked to appear before House investigators, is scheduled for Wednesday, according an official working on the impeachment inquiry but unauthorized to discuss it publicly. The person was granted anonymity.
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