The House Judiciary Committee, led by Jerry Nadler, has approved new rules to make persuing a Trump impeachment easier.
According to The Hill:
The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to broaden the panel’s powers to investigate President Trump as Democrats seek to build their case for impeachment — and clean up their oversight message amid a month of mixed signals.
The move does not launch a formal impeachment process, but marks the first time a Democratic panel has voted on language that explicitly lays out how the party’s ongoing investigations into alleged presidential misconduct could lead to drafting — and eventual votes on — impeachment articles.
The partisan 24-17 vote followed more than two hours of feisty debate, as Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) made Democrats’ case for securing disputed information from an uncooperative administration, and Republicans rushed to Trump’s defense with accusations that Democrats are pretending to pursue impeachment without actually doing so.
That debate over the status of the Judiciary investigation — is there an impeachment inquiry or is there not? — has dogged Democrats throughout the week, as even top leaders have sent mixed signals about the nature of the probe, muddling the party’s oversight message just as the process is heating up.
Republicans have fired back claiming that the new rules and focus are intended to keep the focus off of the Democrats disarray.