It will pave the way for a full vote on articles of impeachment.
The Rules Committee of the House of Representatives on Tuesday discussed the procedure to be followed by the full composition of the Chamber during the vote on articles of impeachment against the President of Donald Trump.
That would set the stage for Wednesday’s vote, in which many expect opinions to be divided strictly along party lines: the Democrats holding the most seats would approve impeachment, over the objections of Republicans.
Trump on Monday reiterated his criticism of Democrats who accuse him of “numerous federal crimes.”
“The impeachment farce is the greatest gamble in the history of American politics,” Trump tweeted. “The fake news media and its partner, the Democratic party, are working overtime trying to make life as difficult as possible for the Republican Party.”
Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee on Monday morning released a 658-page report detailing the charges against the President – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham criticized the Democrats’ arguments, saying,” Fortunately, the people of this country still see this as nothing more than partisan fraud.”
Meanwhile, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to majority leader Mitch McConnell urging him to send subpoenas to some key administration officials who did not testify as part of the house investigation.
McConnell allowed for a quick trial without calling witnesses, saying he would coordinate with the White House in planning the process.
Schumer insists that the Senate should hear testimony from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, his top aide Robert Blair, former White House national security adviser John Bolton and office of administration and budget officer Michael Duffy.
According to McConnell, Schumer’s call shows that “even Democrats who do not like the President are beginning to realize how flawed the hasty process started by the House of Representatives.”
McConnell believes that inviting witnesses to the Senate will set a “nightmare precedent” and insists that the Senate’s role is not to find new facts but to consider the charges.
It is planned that McConnell and Schumer will discuss the parameters of the proceedings and try to agree, but the Senate majority leader can set the rules unilaterally if he is supported by at least 51 senators.
Schumer can get his way if at least four Republicans support Democrats and wish to hear new witnesses.