U.S. House panel to consider formalizing Trump impeachment probe

Tulsi Gabbard Disagrees With Other Democrats About Impeachment Proceedings

"The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the president are under investigation by the committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies", Nadler said in a statement on Monday, as Fox News recounted.

The hearing represents a "small, concrete step toward impeachment" and holding Trump accountable for alleged obstruction of justice, said the grassroots group CREDO Action, which has helped collect more than 10 million signatures from people who believe the president should be impeached for a number of offenses.

Only two American presidents have been impeached by the House: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Clinton in 1999. Former President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against him, but before the full House voted on the matter. The speaker said that the investigation into Trump had already been going on for "a very long time".

If the committee approves the new resolution on Thursday, the more aggressive questioning format would be in place for a September 17 hearing at which Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is scheduled to testify, along with former Trump White House aides Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn. As the case for impeachment continues to build and the presidential election draws near, Democrats are essentially pocketing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and moving onto what they view as less debatable indiscretions allegedly conducted by the president and administration, such as alleged violations of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. "But I think it's important for our country's sake and our future that the voters in this country are the ones who do that, and I believe that we will".

Separately, the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees launched a joint probe into allegations the Trump administration is pressuring the Ukrainian government to help his 2020 reelection bid.

Sixteen House Democrats, in interviews, offered wildly conflicting assessments of the status of the House Judiciary Committee's investigation of Trump, which its chairman - Rep.

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They've also launched an investigation into Vice President Mike Pence's stay at a Trump-owned property while on an official visit to Ireland.

There haven't been any formal votes on launching an inquiry or hearings on articles of impeachment, but many Democrats on the panel insist that the committee's investigations amounted to forward movement on the issue - something many are frustrated hasn't happened sooner.

The developments come on the heels of a majority of House Democrats publicly announcing support for an impeachment inquiry, according to NPR's impeachment tracker, which marks a milestone that was reached during last month's recess.

A Democratic aide said the new steps follow procedures used in previous impeachments. Pelosi highlighted her concerns in an August 23 caucus call.

"Make no bones about it: We need to defeat Donald Trump", she said. "The equities we have to weigh are our responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution and to be unifying and not dividing". But if and when we act, people will know he gave us no choice.

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