House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Parameters of Impeachment Probe

The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to hold a vote on a resolution that should set the parameters of its wide-ranging probe into the President’s administration.

Several sources said that the vote could take place as early as Wednesday and it would most likely focus on procedures for future hearings as the panel considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The bounds of the so-called “impeachment investigation” would most likely be the subject of the vote, several sources have said.

The exact language of the resolution is unclear yet and the legislation is to be released on Monday, The Hill reports. Any action by the panel next week will only serve to increase the “officialness” of the ongoing investigation into possible obstruction of justice, the sources added.

According to some people with knowledge of the deliberations, the resolution is expected to say that Nadler has the authority to call hearings at either the full committee or subcommittee level in connection with its impeachment deliberations.

It is further expected to make clear that future Judiciary Committee hearings can be conducted differently than other congressional hearings while authorizing committee staff counsels to question witnesses, something that is highly unusual for congressional hearings.

The resolution is also expected to lay out how secret grand jury information can be reviewed in closed-door sessions.

The latest development comes as more than half of House Democrats have voiced support of opening impeachment proceedings against the President, although some have refrained from saying publicly whether they would back such a move. A number of Democratic lawmakers have supported an investigation, but have not said whether they would vote in favor of impeachment.

The possibility of beginning impeachment proceedings has been hanging in the air for some months now, creating a rift between lawmakers within the party.

While some have argued that an official impeachment probe would help unite the numerous investigations being conducted by several different committees, others have been adamant that the general public is not in favor of impeachment, which would never pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

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