House Democrats issuing ‘friendly’ subpoenas to witnesses as they arrive at closed-door hearings…
(Liberty Headlines) House Democrats are gauging support for a vote to formally authorize the impeachment inquiry as another official testified Tuesday in their latest bid to oust President Donald Trump.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. is expected to meet privately with Democratic lawmakers later Tuesday to survey attitudes about a possible vote, according to people granted anonymity to discuss the planning.
She told reporters she’d have more to say “later,” after the evening meeting with House colleagues.
Trump, who calls the impeachment inquiry an “illegitimate process,” has pressured Pelosi to take a formal vote and has refused to comply with a tranche of House subpoenas until it follows the process established by historical precedent.
Politically, Republicans aim to force politically vulnerable Democrats from areas where Trump remains popular to go on the record with a roll call vote.
But Pelosi has so far resisted, claiming—despite the longstanding precedent—that no vote is needed since the Constitution does not specifically outline the process.
Many of the hearings also have been conducted with extreme secrecy as Democrats backpedal on early promises to have the deep-state whistleblower whose complaint launched the impeachment effort appear in a public hearing.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., opened the chamber on Tuesday by charging that Democrats were trying to “cancel out” Trump’s election with yet another push for impeachment.
Far-left radicals have long campaigned and raised funds on the idea, with some, like ‘Squad‘ member Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., declaring it their top agenda item on the very day of their swearing in to Congress.
Officials, largely from the State Department, were appearing behind closed doors this week, where they are assumed to be providing details about the events surrounding the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
During the call, Trump urged Zelenskiy to resume a corruption investigation of the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma after Biden—while vice president—coerced the country’s government into firing the prosecutor who had been pursuing the case.
Five more officials are scheduled this week, mostly from the State Department, though it is unclear if they will all appear after Trump declared he wouldn’t cooperate with the probe.
While interviews have focused on the interactions with Ukraine, the probe could broaden as soon as next week to include interviews with White House budget officials who may be able to shed light on whether military aid was withheld from Ukraine as Trump and Giuliani pushed for the investigations.
Because of the Trump administration’s edict, the Democrats have been subpoenaing witnesses as they arrived for their interviews—a move sometimes known as a “friendly” subpoena that could give the witnesses additional legal protection as they testify.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press