Rep. Jerry Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, announced on Tuesday the date when considerations on whether or not articles of impeachment will go forward against President Donald Trump.
Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the Intelligence Committee and head of the investigatory panel during the impeachment inquiry hearings, announced earlier this week that the inquiry’s findings would be forwarded to the Judiciary Committee, which would make a formal decision on whether to move on to a consideration of formal articles of impeachment.
“As the evidence conclusively shows, President Trump conditioned official acts — a White House meeting desperately desired by the new Ukrainian president and critical U.S. military assistance — on Ukraine announcing sham, politically-motivated investigations that would help President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign,” Schiff said in a letter to colleagues.
Nadler sent out a letter on Tuesday, addressed to Trump, noting that the Judiciary Committee intended to act on Schiff’s findings and discuss what the next steps would be. The date of that hearing will be Wednesday, December 4.
“The Committee intends this hearing to serve as an opportunity to discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment, as well as the Framers’ intent and understanding of terms like ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,'” Nadler said.
Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler sent a letter to Trump to remind him that he is welcome to attend the first hearing in the impeachment inquiry, which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 4. Trump has been given a Dec. 1 deadline to respond. pic.twitter.com/gVpfDDqNqp
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As prior reporting from HillReporter.com has noted, “high crimes and misdemeanors” doesn’t have to mean a legitimate crime, in spite of what Trump and his supporters have suggested in the past. Rather, the founders’ interpretation of that phrase dates back to English Common Law, which views the concept as an abuse of office instead of a literal translation of criminal behavior (although the president can also be impeached for that as well).
Nadler’s letter to Trump also informed the president that he would be afforded “certain privileges” during the committee’s work, including the allowance of having counsel present to “question any witness called before the Committee,” provided the counsel abides by the established rules for questioning.
“These procedures, and the privileges afforded to you therein, are consistent with those used by the Committee in the Nixon and Clinton impeachments,” Nadler added.