House Democrats introduce the impeachment resolution text to formalize the inquiry, outlining parameters for the ongoing investigation.
The text was unveiled Tuesday which mandates various committees, “continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump.”
The resolution specifies rules for the hearing moving forward, saying ranking GOP lawmakers on both the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees will have the ability to subpoena witnesses.
Furthermore, the text mandates the Intelligence Committee will relate information to and notify the Judiciary Committee of its conclusions.
The White House released a statement slamming the move saying, “The resolution put forward by Speaker Pelosi confirms that House Democrats’ impeachment has been an illegitimate sham from the start as it lacked any proper authorization by a House vote.”
The statement continues, “The White House is barred from participating at all, until after Chairman Schiff conducts two rounds of one-sided hearings to generate a biased report for the Judiciary Committee.”
The White House also blasts Democrats for not affording President Trump his due process rights amid the push.
The unveiling comes just one day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a letter to her colleagues the move will clarify the ongoing efforts to ramp up impeachment efforts against President Trump.
According to the letter, “This resolution establishes the procedure for hearings that are open to the American people, authorizes the disclosure of deposition transcripts, outlines procedures to transfer evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for the President and his Counsel.”
The letter continued, “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.”
Democrats have been holding closed-door hearings for weeks and, according to their GOP counterparts, have been politically motivated from the start.
The House Rules Committee is expected to mark up the bill on Wednesday, and a full House vote on the resolution is expected Thursday.