House Dems, Back from Recess, Are Expanding Their Trump-Based Investigations

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"We don't want to politicize this", he said.

A growing numbers of Democrats believe time is running short on their ability to hold the president accountable for his actions and that has increased pressure on Pelosi and other party leaders. She believes the move would give Trump an upper hand heading into the 2020 election. The President isn't asking me to. "So this is just another procedural vote as we continue to intensify our investigation". As the case for impeachment continues to build and the presidential election draws near, Democrats are essentially pocketing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and moving onto what they view as less debatable indiscretions allegedly conducted by the president and administration, such as alleged violations of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.

It also tees up a busy fall season for the panel, which could issue articles of impeachment by year's end, according to Nadler and committee aides. Lewandowski has said he intends to appear. It also revealed 10 possible instances in which Trump obstructed justice, Nadler said.

"No one is above the law".

"There's no question the committee is engaged in an investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment and these procedures are to guide that", another aide said. "We will not allow Trump's continued obstruction to stop us from delivering the truth to the American people". By Monday morning, the committee had released a resolution detailing the new procedures for the Thursday vote. That goes beyond the five minutes allotted to each lawmaker Monday.

In addition, the panel will be able to accept evidence in closed meetings, and Trump's team can respond in writing to evidence and testimony presented to the committee.

Pelosi denied House Democrats are divided over the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment drive, refusing to elaborate on the initiative but assuring that Democrats are together as one. "It was a busy recess for us".

House panels are probing Vice President Mike Pence's stay at Trump's Doonbeg golf course and new revelations of military stopovers at the president's Irish and Scottish clubs.

A federal judge in Washington, DC slapped-down a legal gambit launched by House Democrats to propel their impeachment inquiry against President Trump last month; calling the effort "superficial".

"The committee has intensified its investigation", a Democratic committee aide said. "The Mueller hearings were an important inflection point, and this is the next step in the process".

This time, Democrats have steered clear of a House vote that could prove risky for Democratic freshmen from swing districts where impeachment is unpopular with many voters. Included would be rules for hearing public and behind-doors testimony, should an impeachment inquiry move forward. A failed impeachment effort would also lend credence to White House's assertion that ongoing investigations into the president and his administration are tantamount to "political harassment". Pelosi highlighted her concerns in an August 23 caucus call. Pelosi said the Judiciary Committee's process is "keeping open the options for all of us", according to a source who was inside the room. "Our duty is to uphold the Constitution and we must do all we can to protect our democracy".

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