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House Judiciary Committee to vote on impeachment hearing parameters

11 September 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., slammed Republicans after she revealed she owes almost $20,000 in student loans at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on college debt Tuesday, according to a report.

"The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the president are under investigation by the committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies", he said, referring to the US Constitution's section on legislative powers.

A senior staffer with a House Judiciary committee member said Pelosi and Nadler had always been at odds over whether to move forward with the impeachment inquiry and that some within the caucus had grown frustrated with the speaker for not moving more swiftly.

The procedures also allow Trump to submit written responses to whatever allegations are made against him, and for House Judiciary to receive sensitive information in closed session.

The resolution follows on numerous statements that Nadler has made in legal filings, saying that House Judiciary is looking at whether Trump should be impeached. The House hasn't voted to impeach it's merely conducting an investigation that could lead to an impeachment vote.

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Nadler himself is reportedly chomping at the bit to begin proceedings to impeach Trump.

The procedures change has precedent from previous impeachment probes and will more clearly define where the committee stands on its investigation, Democratic committee aides said in a call with reporters Monday.

Trump has launched an all-out campaign to block congressional oversight, hiring personal attorneys to block subpoenas for his financial records and attempting to block third-party testimony from his associates to Congress.

In a statement, the group of liberal lawmakers said it was "impossible to ignore the mounting evidence" that Trump "has repeatedly broken the law, committed impeachable offenses, and continues to obstruct justice".

The House Judiciary Committee is demanding detailed documents from the White House and Trump's private companies that could bolster an already overwhelmingly strong case for impeachment. A separate lawsuit seeking to compel McGahn's testimony will hear arguments on October 31.

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Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, also said Monday the panel was expanding its inquiry to include Trump's dealings with Deutsche Bank and questions about whether the president engaged in money laundering and other activities that could have left him vulnerable to foreign influence.

"We will not allow Trump's continued obstruction to stop us from delivering the truth to the American people", he said.

The developments come on the heels of a majority of House Democrats publicly announcing support for an impeachment inquiry, according to NPR's impeachment tracker, which marks a milestone that was reached during last month's recess.

Public and political support for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump remains limited, especially in the wake of underwhelming testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III over his almost two-year investigation into Trump-Russia collusion. "It's a continuation of what we have been doing".

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House Judiciary Committee to vote on impeachment hearing parameters