House Intelligence Committee Announces Release of Draft Report on Impeachment Probe
Members of the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), will have 24 hours to view a draft report on the Democrat-led impeachment probe before a vote on Dec. 3, Politico reported late Nov. 30.
If the draft is approved, which is expected if members vote according to party lines, it will proceed to the House Judiciary Committee. That committee is scheduled to hold its first impeachment hearing on Dec. 4.
The hearing, titled “The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment” will, according to a letter to Trump from Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), address “the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment as well as the Framers intent and understanding of terms like high crimes and misdemeanors.'”
Nadler said that he hoped Trump and his counsel would participate in the Judiciary Committee hearing (pdf).
“I have also written to President Trump to remind him that the Committees impeachment inquiry rules allow for the president to attend the hearing and for his counsel to question the witness panel,” Nadler wrote. “The Committee looks forward to your participation in the impeachment inquiry as the Committee fulfills its constitutional duties.”
Trump criticized the timing of the hearings, which will coincide with his visit to London to attend a summit of NATO leaders.
The ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), wrote to Nadler on Nov. 21 to