House Judiciary schedules first impeachment hearing, invites Trump

House committee's report on Trump impeachment inquiry could land next week

Updated: U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence abruptly reverses position on impeaching Trump

The House Judiciary Committee is set to take the baton in Democrats' impeachment inquiry next week at a public hearing scheduled for December 4.

"It's in violation of the oath of office of a president of the United States, and we have to be clear that you can not use your power of the presidency to withhold funds to get a foreign country to investigate an American citizen for your own personal gain".

Nadler requested that Trump RSVP by 6 p.m. December 1.

"We expect to discuss the constitutional framework through which the House may analyze the evidence gathered in the present inquiry".

According to the Washington Examiner, Lawrence told "No BS News Hour" show host Charlie LeDuff that she does not favor impeaching and removing the president from office.

Though several government officials called by Democrats cooperated with the committee, several key witnesses - including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and former National Security Adviser John Bolton - refused, following Trump's orders. As a result of that party-line vote, the House Intelligence Committee is now investigating whether Trump used American aid to pressure Ukraine into digging up dirt on potential rival Joe Biden.

In a case involving former White House counsel Don McGahn, who was subpoenaed in May by the House Judiciary Committee, judge Ketanji Jackson ruled Monday that administration officials can not claim absolute immunity from testifying based on their closeness to Trump.

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"We're so close to an election".

Even as investigators race to compile the report, Democrats aren't ruling out more testimony.

New polling released earlier this month from the New York Times Upshot with Siena College depicts a troubling picture for Democrats a year out from election day.

Schiff then said he hopes that Republican lawmakers will go along with the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

While the matter remains in the House, Schiff said in a letter to his colleagues on Monday that his committee "will continue with our investigative work" and could still hold depositions or hearings.

The formal process starts with the House of Representatives passing articles of impeachment.

In his letter on Monday, Schiff wrote, "We will catalog the instances of non-compliance with lawful subpoenas as part of our report to the Judiciary Committee, which will allow that Committee to consider whether an article of impeachment based on obstruction of Congress is warranted along with an article or articles based on this underlying conduct or other presidential misconduct".

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