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Nadler: 'This Is Formal Impeachment Proceedings'
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51353"><span class="small">Andrew Desiderio, Politico</span></a>   
Saturday, 10 August 2019 08:21

Desiderio writes: "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said publicly for the first time on Thursday that his panel is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, adding that the committee will decide by the end of the year whether to refer articles of impeachment to the House floor."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Nadler: 'This Is Formal Impeachment Proceedings'

By Andrew Desiderio, Politico

10 August 19


ouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said publicly for the first time on Thursday that his panel is conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, adding that the committee will decide by the end of the year whether to refer articles of impeachment to the House floor.

The committee has said as much in recent court filings as it seeks former special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury materials and testimony from his investigation’s star witnesses. But it was a rare rhetorical escalation from the New York Democrat, who has privately pushed Speaker Nancy Pelosi to support a formal inquiry of whether to remove the president from office.

“This is formal impeachment proceedings,” Nadler said in a CNN interview. “We are investigating all the evidence, gathering the evidence. And we will [at the] conclusion of this — hopefully by the end of the year — vote to 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.”

That timeline would put an impeachment battle in the middle of the Democratic presidential primary contests, which begin in early 2020 — a concern for Democrats who believe that the window to act on impeachment is quickly closing.

Pelosi has said impeachment is too divisive for the country and has relied on her six investigative committees to uncover new information about Trump’s alleged misconduct, focusing on his finances and his conduct as president. But Nadler said Pelosi “has been very cooperative” in his panel’s efforts, and she personally signed off on recent court filings that effectively put to rest the semantic debate over whether to call the Judiciary Committee’s investigation an impeachment inquiry.

“The fact is, we are doing an investigation. We are investigating the facts, investigating the evidence,” Nadler said. “We are going into court to get witnesses all with a view toward deciding and recommending to the House whether to impeach the president.”

In a court filing last month, House Democrats put in writing for the first time that they are considering whether to impeach the president — effectively telling a federal court that they require Mueller’s grand-jury evidence in order to determine whether to vote on articles of impeachment.

And on Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee went even further in a lawsuit against former White House counsel Don McGahn, who has defied the panel’s subpoena for testimony about allegations that Trump obstructed justice when he sought to constrain or otherwise end the Mueller investigation.

“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,” Wednesday’s filing states, adding that McGahn is the committee’s “most important fact witness in its consideration of whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”

Articles of impeachment have separately been referred to the Judiciary Committee, but Nadler said on Thursday that the panel could draw up its own impeachment articles that “more closely fit the evidence.”

More than half of the House Democratic caucus supports a formal impeachment inquiry, a milestone that was reached last week. But some pro-impeachment lawmakers say the issue is effectively moot now that the House has told federal courts that it is investigating whether to impeach the president.

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-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-08-10 11:16
This is almost funny. Nadler does not have the authority to declare on his own a formal impeachment inquiry. He would need a vote from the House, and he knows such a vote would not pass. So he is claiming that -- like Nike -- he can just do it.

What Nadler needs is the subpoena power that a formal impeachment inquiry would have. The formal inquiry turns the congress into a grand jury which will at the end vote to indict or not. Nadler is creating his own inquiry. He can certainly do that. I'm doing my own inquiry. But neither Nadler nor I will have court enforceable subpoena power like a grand jury.

Nadler is just doing this to gain publicity. That's all he's got now, in the wake of the implosion of Mueller's Russiagate and the explosion of revelations coming from the "Spygate" investigation being run by Barr, as well as personal revelations of the key players in the Mueller Russiagate.

This means Nadler's work is purely political. It is intended to skew the 2020 electoral process. Trump will have to run for re-election under the cloud of an impending impeachment. What if he is impeached in the Fall of 2020 but then wins in the Nov. election? Then we will have a constitutional crisis. I wonder if Nadler really knows what sort of shit he is stirring up. If he won't offer an impeachment resolution until early 2020, why not just let the vote push Trump out.

Impeachment may be the dems #1 campaign strategy for a nominee like Biden, Harris, or Buttajig.
+2 # Robbee 2019-08-10 16:28
N I C E !

now dickhead has something else to worry about how to spin!

it's all coming together!

lets see whether federal courts cooperate?

stay tuned!
0 # RLF 2019-08-11 10:59 the dust where she belongs!