Dec 23, 2019

Judiciary Committee says House could consider "new articles of impeachment"

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The House Judiciary Committee is continuing its effort to enforce a subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn in order to determine "whether to recommend additional articles of impeachment" against President Trump for conduct not covered in the articles approved last week, according to a court filing Monday.

The big picture: The Justice Department argued in its own court filing that the House's impeachment vote means there is no longer urgency to resolve the McGahn case, and that the courts should not intervene in a political fight ahead of a high-stakes Senate trial.

  • House Democrats countered that McGahn's testimony could "inform" their presentation of the articles to the Senate, in addition to providing crucial evidence as they continue to investigate President Trump for alleged obstruction of justice in the Mueller investigation.

What's next: The McGahn case — and a separate, but related case concerning the unsealing of grand jury materials from the Mueller report — are expected to be heard on Jan. 3, according to Politico.

Go deeper: John Bolton's lawyer says McGahn ruling does not apply to national security officials

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Judge dismisses lawsuit from Bolton deputy subpoenaed in impeachment inquiry

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A federal judge on Monday dismissed and declared moot a lawsuit by former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, who was seeking a ruling on whether to comply with a subpoena in the House's impeachment inquiry or a directive from the White House blocking his testimony.

The big picture: The House committees conducting the investigation into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine withdrew Kupperman's subpoena in November, believing that they could move forward with impeachment without getting tangled up in a prolonged court battle.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Dec 30, 2019

House paves way for new evidence in impeachment trial

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28 days after the House voted to impeach President Trump, two articles and seven House managers will officially move over to the Senate for the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

Why it matters: Barring a last-minute mutiny, Trump will be acquitted — but new information that the trial brings to light could prove politically damaging, both for the president and the Republican senators who have sought to protect him.

Go deeperArrowJan 15, 2020

Pelosi taps Schiff and Nadler among House impeachment managers

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) would serve among the seven individuals tapped as the House's managers during the Senate's impeachment trial for President Trump.

Why it matters: The managers will present the House's case for impeachment to convince senators to convict the president for abusing his power and obstructing Congress, and ultimately remove him from office.

Go deeperArrowJan 15, 2020