Democrats Still Pushing Impeachment After 'Three Years of Lies'

Tulsi Gabbard Disagrees With Other Democrats About Impeachment Proceedings

House Judiciary Democrats Set Up New Impeachment Procedures

The measure to be considered at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT) on Thursday would authorize House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to designate committee and subcommittee hearings as impeachment-related.

In a Monday news release, Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) confirmed the reports that the panel would start to lay the official groundwork for impeachment in the coming week by setting a Thursday vote on a resolution that would lay out updated committee procedures for its "investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment" against the president.

Namely, the resolution empowers Nadler to hold impeachment hearings, and to have lawyers for the committee question witnesses for an additional hour after each member of Congress's five-minute allotment.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez said it was "outrageous" for Republicans opposed to Trump's impeachment to "protect the amount of lawlessness" that she said the USA leader has displayed.

Democratic aides on the House Judiciary Committee said Monday that the committee's aim is to recommend articles of impeachment by the end of the year, saying there is "no question" that the committee is now engaged in an impeachment investigation.

More than 35 new Democrats have publicly backed an impeachment inquiry since July, meaning a majority of House Democrats now support the effort to push out Trump, according to CNN.

Collins is correct, of course, in arguing that House Democrats are trying to dodge a full House vote authorizing impeachment proceedings that would likely divide Nancy Pelosi's caucus - just such a vote would divide Republicans in similar circumstances.

A number of Democrats have always been calling for impeachment of the president, creating division within the party. The committee also subpoenaed former Trump aides Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter.

Pelosi and Democrats see the case for impeachment expanding, working to pin constitutional violations on the president, according to a senior Democratic House leadership aide.

"I'm hearing people on this committee say it's not our job", Ocasio-Cortez said, referring to testimony from Republicans during the hearing.

Additionally, it would permit evidence to be received in a closed executive session.

There haven't been any formal votes on launching an inquiry or hearings on articles of impeachment, but many Democrats on the panel insist that the committee's investigations amounted to forward movement on the issue - something many are frustrated hasn't happened sooner. Mueller's report describes Trump dictating a message to Lewandowski to give to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of the special counsel's investigation to future election interference.

Cheney's remarks came after the U.S. House of Representatives returned to Washington, D.C., after its August recess.

"The president is in violation of the emoluments clauses of the Constitution as he works to enrich himself, putting the safety and security of our nation at risk", the chairman said.

"They were counting on Robert Mueller and the Russia Hoax to provide them a reason to impeach, but that predictably fell apart, and now they just don't care why", Murtaugh noted.

"Only through impeachment", he added, "can we make it clear that Trump is not above the law".

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