The powerful Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, in the hands of Democrats, has formalized the opening of an investigation to determine whether to initiate an impeachment procedure against the president.
US Democrats have taken a new step on Thursday in their investigations against President Donald Trump, making them formally return to the context of impeachment proceedings, although the opposition party remains divided on the issue. This approach is still very preliminary and far from impeachment, but it will allow elected officials to demand more documents and hearings from the White House.
This resolution “represents the necessary step forward in our investigation for corruption, hindrance (to justice) and abuse of power,” said committee chairman Jerry Nadler.
In the United States, the House may vote to indict the President for certain offenses, and the Senate must try it, which results in an acquittal or dismissal. It all starts with an investigation by the Judiciary Committee that determines the offenses.
Respond to “a threat to democracy”
The parliamentary inquiry will focus on four topics:
- the pressure exerted by Donald Trump on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign (obstruction of justice);
- the promises made by Donald Trump to members of his campaign team to encourage them to protect him;
- the possible conflict of interest related to Donald Trump’s hotel receipts since entering the White House;
- the payment of money to buy the silence of Donald Trump’s alleged mistresses during the 2016 campaign, which could be a violation of campaign finance laws.
- “The conduct under investigation is a threat to our democracy and we must respond to this threat,” said Jeffrey Nadler.
Support of 235 elected Democrats
But the Democrats are not united. Nancy Pelosi, their leader in the House, warned of the political risks of such an attempt, saying that elected officials should instead focus on the presidential campaign. Also, the Republican majority in the Senate is likely to condemn this procedure to failure. The pro-dismissal camp, however, continues to grow. More than half of the 235 elected Democrats in the House say they support the lawsuits.
The judicial commission plans to interview former Trump campaign director Corey Lewandowski next week and seeks to hear former presidential adviser Don McGahn, one of the main sources of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in 2016.