The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee just went on CNN to make the announcement we’ve all been waiting for — that a formal impeachment inquiry of the President is now underway. (video embedded below)
Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has been the strongest pro-impeachment advocate in the House, and his committee has the primary task of weighing all impeachment cases first.
By the first day of August, a majority of the House Democratic caucus declared their open support for an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s high crimes.
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Technically speaking, Nadler’s committee doesn’t even need permission from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in order to pursue an impeachment inquiry, which he mentioned to CNN’s Erin Burnett last night, before saying:
This is formal impeachment proceedings.
We are investigating all of the evidence. And we will at the conclusion of this – hopefully by the end of the year – vote to vote articles of impeachment to the House floor. Or we won’t. That’s a decision we have to make…
Congress has held a series of hearings that have revealed President Trump’s crimes to the public, including his election cheating and obstructing the FBI and Special Counsel’s probes into Russian election interference.
This announcement is vindicating for the many Democratic activists and members of #TheResistance, who have been calling upon the authorities first to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia and as of late, to call for a formal impeachment inquiry.
“The House Speaker has been very cooperative, we could not have filed the lawsuits without her,” Chairman Nadler told Burnett. “The Committee has gone into court to force [former White House Counsel] Don McGahn to testify.” They continued:
Nadler: Don McGahn is the key fact witness…
Burnett: Mentioned 500 times in the Mueller Report
Nadler: He testified – essentially – to Mueller that he witnessed at least 10 instances of criminal obstruction of justice by the president. The Mueller Report is the summary of evidence, but we want the direct evidence. . .
“The [Mueller] hearing that we had gave the lie to three things that the president and attorney general were saying,” said the Chairman, explaining why the House Judiciary Committee needs to interview McGahn and other witnesses. “They were saying that the Mueller Report exonerated the president, that there was no collusion and no obstruction.”
“To the contrary, all of those three things are false,” Nadler finished, with emphasis.
While much of the investigatory activity since Congress went back to their districts seems to be drawing less attention as most Americans are on summer vacations, the gravity of the news is ever increasing.
First, the lawsuit Chairman Nadler filed yesterday and mentioned to CNN already stated in plain English that the “Judiciary Committee is now determining whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the President based on the obstructive conduct described by the Special Counsel.”
Also, the Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell exclusive yesterday that House investigators have obtained a treasure trove of financial documents from seven different banks, all linking Trump to Russians.
That story contained a bombshell within a bombshell when they revealed that House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) had much of the key records since June, meaning that the Speaker knew all of this time that she had a proverbial ace in the hole against Trump.
Lastly, on August 2nd, President Trump signed a bill raising the federal debt limit through 2021. The bipartisan agreement removed the GOP’s favorite weapon of mass extortion, by taking a global economic meltdown off the table for Trump to use as a chaos factor when the House reveals his most intimate secrets and parades his former employees through a series of public hearings to reveal his high crimes.
But everything that has happened since Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Nadler and the chairs of the House Intelligence and Government Oversight panels held a joint press conference after the Mueller Hearings, does comport with the roadmap laid out that evening.
Now, it’s up to the House lawyers to wrap up the numerous lawsuits they’ve filed to get the Mueller probe grand jury materials and evidence, as well as reel in the witnesses against Trump, so they can build the strongest case possible and impeach the president.
Watch House Judiciary Chairman Nadler explain the impeachment inquiry plan to CNN:
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