Published: Wed, November 27, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Next Phase of Trump Impeachment Hearings Set for December 4

Next Phase of Trump Impeachment Hearings Set for December 4

Conway, a conservative attorney, offered a legal reminder that Trump could be impeached a second time if more evidence is collected during the House impeachment inquiry over the next few months.

Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has said his committee will finish that report "soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess".

A House Democratic aide declined to comment on whether the Judiciary Committee expected to receive a formal report on the Intelligence Committee-led investigation into the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine before the hearing.

Nadler also extended an invitation to Trump, asking whether "you and your counsel plan to attend the hearing or make a request to question the witness panel".

Nadler said the hearing, which will focus on "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment", will take place on December 4.

Nadler requested that Trump RSVP by 6 p.m. December 1.

His tweets followed news that the Department of Justice sought a stay of a judge's order that former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify to Congress. Trump said he would "love" for his secretary of State, former secretary of Energy, acting chief of staff and former national security adviser to testify, indicating he believes they would help to exonerate him. While Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani pursued the political investigations with Ukraine in what witnesses described as an irregular foreign policy channel, Republicans argue it's not clear the president directly intervened to withhold the money to Ukraine.

If Democrats stay on schedule, the hearing could come as the committee introduces articles of impeachment and then holds a vote, a process that could take several days.

It's still unclear how long a trial might last, what it would look like and who might be called as witnesses.

The inquiry centres on a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden as well as a discredited conspiracy theory promoted by Trump that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election. Trump challenged the accuracy of the complaint, though the transcript released by the White House did support the core allegations that he pressed for politically related investigations.

The formal process starts with the House of Representatives passing articles of impeachment.

Some Republicans, led by Senator Lindsey Graham, prefer to continue making unsubstantiated claims that Ukraine was involved in the 2016 election campaign, a theory that contradicts the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies.

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