Aug 15, 2019

House Judiciary subpoenas Corey Lewandowski to testify in obstruction probe

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The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House official Rick Dearborn on Thursday to testify Sept. 17 about potential obstruction of justice by President Trump.

The big picture: The testimonies are part of the ongoing investigation by the committee — recently dubbed "formal impeachment proceedings" by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) — into "obstruction, corruption and abuse of power by Trump and his associates." Unlike the other witnesses in the Mueller investigation who have been subpoenaed by the Judiciary committee, Lewandowski never worked in the Trump White House — a fact that Democrats hope will prevent the president from blocking his testimony.

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House Judiciary Committee subpoenas Rob Porter

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly (L) and former staff secretary Rob Porter. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed former Trump administration aide Rob Porter on Monday to testify in its probe regarding possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.

Why it matters: Porter was a key witness for the obstruction portion of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He resigned from the White House last year after his 2 ex-wives came forward with abuse allegations. Porter may never have to face the committee as the White House has moved to block other former surrogates from testifying before the House Judiciary.

House Democrats to define scope, authority of Trump impeachment probe

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Thursday on a resolution that outlines the panel’s authority and scope in an expanding impeachment probe into President Trump, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Though House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has previously said the committee is engaged in "formal impeachment proceedings," the resolution marks the committee's first official acknowledgement that it is considering articles of impeachment. Up until now, the committee had been claiming in court filings that it requires certain materials for the purposes of impeachment, but had not defined the investigation in Congress.

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Jerry Nadler expected to schedule vote on impeachment proceedings

Rep. Jerry Nadler and President Donald Trump. Photos: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call and Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler is expected to schedule a vote on Wednesday to authorize ground rules for launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump, 2 committee aides tell Axios' Alayna Treene.

Why it matters: The vote, details of which CNN first reported on Saturday, will be on a resolution to determine guidelines for how House Democrats can move forward with formalizing its ongoing impeachment inquiry. Notably, the resolution will allow witnesses to be questioned by committee staff counsels, CNN reports.

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