Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Top Judiciary Democrat Dismisses Polls Showing Declining Impeachment Support

Top Judiciary Democrat Dismisses Polls Showing Declining Impeachment Support

U.S. President Donald Trump faced two deadlines in Congress this week as Democrats prepared to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.

The Democrats claim that Trump had called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, and urged him to open an investigation into allegations that Ukraine had mingled with the election of 2016 and the action of former Vice President Joe Biden aimed that the country's Attorney General be sacked. The letter only declines participation in this week's hearing - it does not address whether Trump will participate in future hearings.

That committee's initial hearing is Wednesday.

The Judiciary Committee will move the impeachment process into its next phase once the Intelligence Committee releases the final draft of their report on Trump's offenses from the Ukraine scandal.

The impeachment inquiry began on September 24, after an anonymous whistleblower complaint said Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Hunter Biden's activities into the country.

It is unclear whether Republicans on the committee, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will release a report of their own.

The first-in-a-series of expected Judiciary proceedings will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.

"If he chooses not to (testify), then I really question his veracity in what he's putting in his report", said Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

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In keeping with committee rules, panel members are expected to be able to review the report starting at 6 p.m. Monday, 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. He said calls from Republicans for him to do so signal that "they are not serious about what they are doing".

Asked Collins. "If they think that they have such a case, give us all the documents and do not let Jerry Nadler write a insane letter that says the sixth, tell us who your witnesses are. we have not even received the information from the Intel committee, which is why it's a problematic exercise and just a television event on Wednesday".

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a member of House Democratic leadership and the Judiciary Committee, told Fox News, "We all may want to hear from John Bolton".

"The president may well look at this, or his counsel may well look at this, and say: Why would we want to get in here and legitimize this process, when it was made illegitimate at the beginning by shutting us out?" said Republican Representative Tom Cole. I'm wondering about why he does it, "Collins said".

The list of desired witnesses House Democrats would like to subpoena to the committee has not been disclosed. "I think if the President or his allies in the Senate persist it means they are not serious about what they are doing", Mr Schiff told Tapper. "If he has not done anything wrong, we're certainly anxious to hear his explanation of that".

If the House impeaches Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial to determine whether he should be removed from office.

"Over the course of our inquiry, we have uncovered a months-long effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest", Schiff said in the letter.

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