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IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY
UPDATE

What to know ahead of Thursday’s procedural vote in the U.S. House of Representatives as we inch toward an impeachment outcome.

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IMPEACHMENT 101

  • An impeachment proceeding looks like a criminal trial, but isn’t.
  • First, the House Judiciary Cmte. drafts “articles of impeachment” (charges); simple majority is needed to impeach in the House.
  • Next, the Senate holds trial. A 2/3 supermajority is required for conviction (removal from office).
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BACKGROUND

  • The House opened the inquiry after accusing Pres. Trump of violating campaign finance laws during a July call with Ukraine’s president by urging
  • Ukraine to investigate fmr. VP Joe Biden while withholding military aid.
  • Pres. Trump has denied the quid pro quo allegations, saying that he is obligated to investigate potential corruption.
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WHO LEADS INQUIRY?

  • Led by U.S. House Intelligence Cmte Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA).
  • Involves six House cmtes (Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Intelligence, Oversight, and Ways & Means).
  • Unlike the impeachment investigations into Pres. Clinton and Nixon, no independent prosecutor has been named by the AG to lead inquiry (yet).
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WHAT HAS HAPPENED?

So far, three cmtes have heard from many witnesses (mostly) behind closed doors, including:

  • Fmr. deputy national security adviser (a party to the phone call)
  • Fmr. White House aides
  • Career U.S. diplomats (including top Ambassador in Ukraine)
  • State Dept & Nat’l Security Council officials
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WHERE (IT HAPPENS)

  • To date, the impeachment inquiry has existed mostly behind closed doors in a secure room in the U.S. capitol – something many GOP leaders have criticized as unfair.
  • Trey Gowdy, the former GOP leader of the Benghazi probe recently acknowledged that critique, but said that private investigations are a “good thing” in light of possible leaks.
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Sources

Dear Colleague on Next Steps in House’s Ongoing Impeachment Inquiry https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/102819-0
Schiff, a longtime prosecutor, angers GOP in impeachment https://apnews.com/fadbd300ccd84bbf8b1c1084b992c8e3
Trump talks impeachment fallout on ‘Hannity’


Trump impeachment inquiry enters Week 6: National Security Council officials to be questioned on Ukraine aid https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/28/trump-impeachment-inquiry-nsc-aides-ukraine-military-aid/4086106002/
Inside the Closed-Door House Impeachment Meetings
https://www.wsj.com/articles/inside-the-closed-door-house-impeachment-meetings-11571423200
Transcript: Trey Gowdy on “Face the Nation,” October 27, 2019
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/transcript-trey-gowdy-on-face-the-nation-october-27-2019/
Do Americans Support Impeaching Trump?
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/impeachment-polls/