House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution for investigative procedures that Dems will use to determine whether to impeach Trump, Washington Examiner reported.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler cast the vote on the resolution as a formal step in the impeachment process. However, the House is yet to vote to approve a formal impeachment inquiry.
Nadler said Thursday his panel is formally conducting an impeachment inquiry and that no House vote is needed.
“There is no House rule requiring the House take a full vote,” Nadler said. “In light of this precedent, the committee has made clear it has full authority to conduct its investigation as to whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”
The resolution passed along party lines and will provide additional rules for upcoming hearings Democrats plan in order to investigate Trump.
The rules will provide more time to question witnesses, hold closed-door proceedings, and allow Trump lawyers to respond to the committee findings in writing.
“Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation,” Nadler said. “There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature.”
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