Nadler Gives Trump and House Republicans His Guidelines for Participating in Impeachment Hearings

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Posted: Nov 30, 2019 4:58 PM
Nadler Gives Trump and House Republicans His Guidelines for Participating in Impeachment Hearings

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NJ) on Friday sent letters to President Donald Trump and Committee Republicans giving them a deadline to participate in Democrats' impeachment inquiry hearings. Specifically, the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees plan to hold hearings relating to what Adam Schiff and his cronies discovered in their closed door meetings. 

The Committees plans to conduct hearings relating to "'a months-long effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest' and 'an unprecedented campaign of obstruction in an effort to prevent the Committees from obtaining documentary evidence and testimony.'"

President Trump's team has until 5 p.m. EST on December 6th to let the Committee know whether or not his legal counsel will participate in the hearings. 

Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) can issue subpoenas and interrogatories. But here's the catch: Nadler has to approve them. Collins and his team have the same deadline of 5 p.m. EST on December 6th to provide a list of people to Judiciary Committee Democrats. 

Collins took to Twitter to slam House Democrats:

He even reiterated how bogus the Democrats' impeachment inquiry is during an interview on Fox News.

"You know how I know [Democrats] don't really have anything? Because the first hearing next week they're bringing academics in to tell us what an impeachable offense is," Collins explained. "I'll tell you what an impeachable offense is not: everything we've seen from Adam Schiff and the Democrats for the past year. They've attacked a very successful president who is simply doing the best job he can for America and that's where we're going to start next week. Get ready."

The hearing on December 4th will be the first one after this so-called "bombshell" report the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees put together based on "evidence" they found. 

The House is expected to vote on whether or not to send formal articles of impeachment to the Senate before Christmas recess. Democrats, especially in moderate purple districts could find themselves in trouble when a full House vote takes place. When moderate Democrats voted for this bogus impeachment inquiry after it already began, those Democrats in Trump-won districts were shielded. They would say things like they "want to see the facts" or "an investigation doesn't mean impeachment moves forward." Now they're going to have to go on the record: do they support actually impeaching President Trump or do they not? There's no more middle ground. And for some, they can kiss their re-election efforts goodbye.

But Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said back in September that it doesn't matter if the Democrats lose the House over impeachment.

"This is a very sad time for our country. There is no joy in this," Pelosi said during an event with the Texas Tribune. "We must be somber, we must be prayerful and we must pursue the facts further to make a decision as to did this violate the Constitution of the United States? Which I believe it did."

Editor's note: an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the hearings will be about the Mueller report. It's actually about Ukraine.