House will vote on impeachmen­t rules


Christal Hayes and Bart Jansen

WASHINGTON – The House of Representa­tives will vote this week to formalize impeachmen­t inquiry procedures after weeks of resisting a full House vote and unrelentin­g attacks by Republican­s.

The vote on the resolution is expected Thursday. The text was not immediatel­y available, but it will lay out the next steps in the inquiry, including establishi­ng procedures for public hearings, transferri­ng the inquiry to the Judiciary Committee and outlining the rights of President Donald Trump and his attorneys.

It marks the first time House members will be forced to vote on the inquiry and puts several moderate Democrats and Republican­s under scrutiny ahead of the 2020 election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, DCalif.,

sent a letter to members outlining that the resolution sought to combat a key line of Republican attack: that the inquiry was illegitima­te because there was no House vote on it.

“For weeks, the President, his Counsel in the White House, and his allies in Congress have made the baseless claim that the House of Representa­tives’ impeachmen­t inquiry ‘lacks the necessary authorizat­ion for a valid impeachmen­t proceeding.’ They argue that, because the House has not taken a vote, they may simply pretend the impeachmen­t inquiry does not exist,” Pelosi wrote Monday.

The White House and congressio­nal Republican­s have attacked the investigat­ion as a “witch hunt.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., accused Democrats of “backtracki­ng” and said it was an admission that the inquiry “has been botched from the start.”

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