Support for Trump dismissal unchanged after House hearings

Support for Trump dismissal unchanged after House hearings

Support for Trump dismissal unchanged after House hearings

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced Tuesday afternoon he will hold his first impeachment inquiry hearing next week.

In a letter to Trump, Judiciary Committee chairman Gerald Nadler (D-NY) invited the president and his counsel to participate, giving him a December 1 deadline to respond. On Sunday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said he's determined to keep the impeachment process going despite Republican backlash.

The president's request came after millions in US military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats and witnesses have claimed shows a "quid pro quo" arrangement.

Trump and his lawyers are invited to attend the hearing and make a request to question witnesses, according to Democratic rules approved by the House last month.

Nadler sent Trump a letter notifying him of the hearing and giving him until December 1 to say whether he or he attorney plan to participate.

In a case involving former White House counsel Don McGahn, who was subpoenaed in May by the House Judiciary Committee, judge Ketanji Jackson ruled Monday that administration officials can not claim absolute immunity from testifying based on their closeness to Trump.

Media suggested that during a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump could insist that Ukraine investigate into former vice president and Trump's political rival Joe Biden.

Schiff said the hearings were conducted "in a fair and open manner, and in a way that put the witnesses' own words and testimony front and center", though the Democrats have refused to allow President Trump's legal team to participate in and cross-examine the witnesses. But Schiff said it will not prolong a fight to obtain documents or testimony in court. "This is an urgent matter that can not wait if we are to protect the nation's security and the integrity of our elections".

That action comes on the heels of two weeks of contentious public hearings where current and former administration officials testified as part of the investigation into the Ukraine scandal. The judiciary panel is expected to promptly draft and debate articles of impeachment against Trump based on its findings and potentially other alleged offenses.

Almost two-thirds of Trump voters who supported Democratic congressional candidates in the 2018 midterms that flipped control of House to Democrats reported they would back the president over the three candidates now leading in the Democratic primary, according to the Times.

The formal process starts with the House of Representatives passing articles of impeachment.

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