House Panel Votes to Intensify Trump Impeachment Probe

Last updated 09/12/2019 at 10:52 a.m. ET.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to intensify its investigation of Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday, as lawmakers edged closer to deciding whether to recommend his impeachment.

The 41-member panel adopted a resolution allowing it to designate hearings as impeachment proceedings, subject witnesses to more aggressive questioning and quicken the pace of an investigation that is expanding into areas that could prove politically explosive for both Trump and Congress.

“With these new procedures, we will begin next week an aggressive series of hearings investigating allegations of corruption, obstruction and abuse of power against the president,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told reporters after the 24-17 vote.

A more aggressive probe could also increase pressure on House Democratic leaders including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has resisted impeachment as a politically risky step for moderate Democratic freshmen from swing districts where ousting Trump is an unpopular idea.

Republicans rejected the notion that the panel was pursuing an impeachment inquiry and dismissed the resolution as a “fantasy” intended to distract from Democrats’ unwillingness to have the full House authorize a formal impeachment inquiry, as occurred during the Watergate era and the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

Republicans said Democrats lacked the votes to obtain formal House authorization and denounced Thursday’s action as a show intended to pander to Democratic voters who want Trump removed from office.

Representative Doug Collins, the panel’s top Republican, said the resolution simply reiterates powers that the committee has had all along.

“These rules are not new,” he said. “This is to make you believe something is happening, more than what’s actually happening.”


Nadler said that during the Watergate era, the House Judiciary Committee was already considering impeachment charges against then-President Richard Nixon and conducting a related probe when the House voted to authorize a formal inquiry.

Committee Democrats plan to use the new tactics that allow an hour of questioning by committee lawyers of Corey Lewandowski, a close Trump confidant and one of his campaign managers in 2016. Lewandowski is due to appear before the panel next Tuesday for what may be a contentious hearing.

Democrats expect his testimony to help lay out a charge of obstruction of justice. But they are also pursuing allegations of campaign finance violations, witness tampering and unlawful self-enrichment through his business ventures.

Democrats aim to decide by the end of the year whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump to the full House. If approved by the chamber, the Republican-controlled Senate would be left to hold a trial and consider the president’s ouster.

A Reuters head count shows that 135 House Democrats back an impeachment inquiry. While that is a majority of the caucus, the number is well short of the 218 votes needed to pass a resolution.

Only two American presidents have been impeached by the House: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Clinton in 1999. Neither was convicted by the Senate.

Nixon resigned in 1974 after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against him, but before the full House voted on the matter.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Giles Elgood and Paul Simao)


  1. The Democrat Inquisition in full force. At long last, have they no decency? They should all wear red robes and hats. Striking fear into the hearts of America – The Democrat Inquisition!! Sounds like a Monte Python sketch. Bwahahahahahahaha!!!

  2. Give us a break. Being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to undo a LAWFUL Election that they didn’t happen to like the results of. If something isn’t done to reign these lunatics in SOON, they’re going to get exactly what they want; Civil War.

  3. This current class of democrats must really not have ANYTHING to offer for the people of the country. What they DO talk about is useless to us, as we already have FAR too many bureaucrats… Check it out: 142 million tax payers supporting 21.8 million federal, state, county, and municipal employees… That ratio is 6.75/1 and the DEMS WANT US TO SUPPORT MORE! Are you KIDDING ME? In 1970 that ratio was 18/1. We’re in deep do do NOW!

  4. I feel sorry for this poor dead horse they absolutely refuse to stop beating. Do you know what it means when you continue to do something expecting a different result? It’s called insanity maybe these Dems should be mentally examined.

  5. A reasonable person would look at the odds of this going anywhere and back off. But, of course, these 135 House Democrats are anything but reasonable. It has become a obsession with no end.

  6. DO IT, nitwits, and kiss the House majority GOODBYE. After nearly three years of investigating and harassment of a POTUS who has weathered a House-manufactured storm, there will be nothing better than a landslide victory for President Trump in November 2020. Keep ignoring your job as representatives OF and FOR the American people and see where that takes you. #morons.

    1. Well Said James. The Dems just keep looking in every nook and cranny for the smallest crumb of evidence to push their cause, all fueled by nothing but hate for the man who won’t play politics and has actually come through with campaign promises and can’t be bought. But mostly because he defeated Hillary, their Messiah. All accomplishments have been ignored and refused time after time on the Left news media. That or falsely taken credit for by Obummer. That whole clan is pure evil. And if the majority on the people cannot see this, the brainwashing has succeeded. Thank God there is an enormous number of sensible American voters, coupled with the silent majority who may not want to admit that they will vote Trump. How many times does it take to wake people up by witnessing the misguided efforts of the Dems to be proven futile ? To continue trying something with the same failed result is the classic definition of insanity. Nuff said. Trump 2020 !

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