WASHINGTON: The House Judiciary Committee is set to take the baton in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry next week at a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 4.
Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., announced the hearing on Tuesday and notified President Trump that he has a few days to respond as to whether the president or his team will participate in the new stage of the process.
Nadler’s announcement follows one day after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said his panel would be working over the Thanksgiving holiday recess to put together a report about its findings from closed-door depositions and public hearings.
Nadler’s hearing, scheduled to convene on Wednesday at 10 a.m., is expected to cover the historical context for previous impeachment efforts as well as legal experts. It is titled “Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment.”
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“As Chairman Schiff indicated yesterday, the impeachment inquiry is entering into a new phase,” Nadler said on Tuesday. “Our first task is to explore the framework put in place to respond to serious allegations of impeachable misconduct like those against President Trump.”
Trump has until Sunday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. to alert the Judiciary Committee of any plans to participate and if so, which counsel will represent him.