Nadler Says ‘Formal Impeachment Proceedings’ Are Already Underway
“That’s exactly the process we’re in right now,” the House Judiciary
By Ed Mazza
August 09, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" -
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday night that his committee’s
investigation represented “formal impeachment proceedings” against President
The House Judiciary chairman also said on CNN that articles of impeachment
could be sent to the House floor by the end of the year.
Erin Burnett asked Nadler about
Democrats in the House who may not want to vote for an “impeachment
inquiry” but would vote for impeachment itself.
But Nadler suggested it was just a matter of semantics and began to explain
his committee’s investigations into Trump.
“In your mind, you’re saying
this is exactly the same as what we all call formal impeachment proceedings
by another name?” Burnett asked.
“This is formal impeachment proceedings,” Nadler replied, emphasizing the
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 articles of impeachment to the House floor, or we won’t. That’s a
decision that we’ll have to make. But that’s exactly the process we’re
in right now.
He said articles of impeachment have been drafted, but they may or may not
match any final documents that are submitted ― if they are submitted ― at
the conclusion of the investigation.
Nadler also offered a timeline of what’s coming next, with witnesses
appearing before the committee in September and October:
Nadler specifically spoke of former
White House counsel Don McGahn, who was
a key witness in special counsel Robert
Mueller’s investigation. The Judiciary
went to court this week
in hopes of
forcing McGahn to appear for testimony.
The court filing said getting McGahn
under oath would be “crucial” for
determining what comes next.
“The Judiciary Committee is now
determining whether to recommend
articles of impeachment against the
president based on the obstructive
conduct described by the special
counsel,” the Democrats’ lawsuit says.
“But it cannot fulfill this most solemn
constitutional responsibility without
hearing testimony from a crucial witness
to these events: former White House
counsel Donald F. McGahn II.”