Dec 1, 2019

Rep. Demings says Democrats hope Trump will participate in impeachment hearings

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) told ABC's "This Week" Sunday that House Democrats are "certainly hoping" President Trump and his counsel will participate in upcoming impeachment hearings, noting: "If he has not done anything wrong, we're certainly anxious to hear his explanation."

Context: The House Judiciary Committee, which Demings serves on and which will ultimately recommend articles of impeachment to the full House, has invited President Trump to participate in its first hearing this week. Trump has not yet indicated whether he will send counsel, having argued that the inquiry is illegitimate and the case against him baseless.

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House Judiciary Committee hears impeachment evidence

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The House Judiciary Committee heard the evidence behind the impeachment inquiry on Monday in a marathon nine-and-a-half hour hearing.

Why it matters: The committee is likely only days away from drafting formal articles of impeachment against President Trump — and this hearing was one of House Democrats' last chances to summarize their case against the president to the public.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Dec 9, 2019

White House condemns impeachment inquiry ahead of participation deadline

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White House counsel Pat Cipollone called the impeachment process a "charade" on Friday in a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, ahead of the House deadline for President Trump and his legal counsel to announce their participation in the impeachment hearings.

What they're saying: The letter emphasized that Trump is calling for House Democrats to impeach him "fast" if they're going to, so there will be "a fair trial in the Senate."

Go deeperArrowDec 6, 2019

House Judiciary Committee announces first impeachment hearing

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The House Judiciary Committee announced Tuesday that it will hold a hearing on Dec. 4 to discuss the "historical and constitutional basis of impeachment" and the definition of an impeachable offense.

The big picture: The committee, led by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is expected to receive a report on the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine shortly after Thanksgiving and will ultimately be responsible for recommending articles of impeachment to be voted on by the full House. Nadler sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday inviting him and his attorneys to participate in the hearing.

Go deeperArrowNov 26, 2019