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House resolution outlines public phase of impeachment inquiry, gives GOP subpoena powers

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says President Donald Trump’s administration is “building a powerful case” for impeachment as a former White House national security adviser defied a subpoena on Monday. (Oct. 28)
AP, APWASHINGTON – Democrats leading the House of Representatives released an eight-page resolution Tuesday that outlines how the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump will operate, offering both sides of the aisle subpoena power as committees embark on public hearings.The resolution from Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., could be voted on as early as Thursday. It makes clear that information gathered by the six committees that have been conducting oversight into Trump would funnel to the House Judiciary Committee – the panel that has traditionally been charged with impeachment.”None of us came to Congress to impeach a president – but each of us took a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution,” McGovern said. “While the president and his allies try to obstruct our investigation and cover up his wrongdoing, the House will continue to do its job and uncover the truth for the American people.”The Thursday vote on the resolution will mark the first time House members will be forced to vote on the inquiry after weeks of intense criticism by the GOP and put several moderate Democrats and Republicans under close scrutiny as the 2020 election approaches. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideWar of words:: ‘Everybody has read your words on the call’: Pelosi responds to Trump tweets on impeachmentThe rules appear tailored to meet complaints that Republicans have made for weeks about closed-door depositions that three key committees – Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform – have been holding with witnesses from the State Department and national security offices. Republicans argued that Democrats were holding secret impeachment hearings in the basement of the Capitol.But it wasn’t enough to appease concerns and Republicans in leadership urged their colleagues to vote against the measure. GOP lawmakers argued the resolution did not include additional resources for conservative lawmakers leading the committees where impeachment would take place and failed to detail whether the president and his attorneys could be present for the hearings, offer evidence or cross-examine witnesses. The White House denounced the measure in a statement by Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, saying the resolution continues the impeachment “scam” without allowing “any due process for the President.” “The White
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