Step-by-Step … House panel to take formal steps on impeachment probe next week

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They’re currently looking at a Wednesday vote to set up the procedures for an impeachment inquiry.

Now that there are six Congressional committees working on these efforts, coordination will be important, much as WH and GOP obstruction will alter any projected calendar.

Exclusive of the Mueller report there seem to be new items that could be added including an attempt to extort Ukraine to produce 2020 opposition research, and an attempt to use military transport billing to prop up a Trump golf course in Scotland.

what it could look like

(CNN) The House Judiciary Committee is prepared to vote next week on a resolution laying out the procedures for its investigation now that it is actively considering moving to impeach President Donald Trump, a major step toward formalizing its sweeping probe, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort.

The vote, which is expected to occur on Wednesday, will lay out the ground rules for conducting hearings now that the committee has publicly announced it is considering recommending articles of impeachment against Trump. It is expected to follow the precedent set in 1974 over the committee’s procedures during then-President Richard Nixon’s impeachment proceedings.

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The issue was raised Friday during a conference call among the committee’s Democrats. A source familiar with the discussion said any move next week would be intended to increase the “officialness” of the ongoing probe, following a six-week summer recess in which some Democrats struggled to characterize to their constituents that the House had already begun impeachment proceedings. Democrats are hopeful that explicitly defining their impeachment inquiry will heighten their leverage to compel testimony from witnesses.

Though the language of the resolution is still in flux, some sources said it could incorporate elements of traditional impeachment probes, such as offering access to the president’s attorneys or providing for more time to question witnesses. There was discussion among some Democrats on Friday’s call about the strength of the language in the resolution, according to sources briefed on the call.

Advocates of opening a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump have clamored for the Judiciary Committee to more clearly spell out the contours of its investigation — a move they hope strengthens the House’s hand in a handful of court cases to obtain evidence and testimony against the president.

Until now, Trump-related investigations had been a patchwork effort by six congressional committees. The Ways and Means Committee, for example, is pursuing Trump’s tax returns in court. The Financial Services Committee and Intelligence Committee are seeking Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One. The Foreign Affairs Committee has sought details about Trump’s interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who the intelligence community has assessed sought to boost Trump’s 2016 electoral prospects. And the Oversight Committee had initially taken the lead on allegations about hush money payments, calling Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to testify in February before he went to prison on charges connected to the scheme.

The Judiciary Committee had mostly kept focused on obstruction of justice and the fallout from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, made public in April, that revealed hundreds of contacts between Russians and Trump campaign associates, as well as repeated attempts by Trump to constrain or shut down the probe altogether. Mueller testified publicly to the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in late July, days before the House departed for its six-week recess.

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“Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed Thursday that the State Department assisted his efforts to press the Ukrainian government” to probe two prominent Democratic opponents”

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Markm Mitchell
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Markm Mitchell

FINALLY !
Impeach Trump Now, Speaker Pelosi !

Mick owens
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Mick owens

Bullshit. Ive heard the same statements about impeachment three or four times, nobody has the balls to do it