On the eve, House of Representatives voted to formalize the investigation of the possible impeachment of the President.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that an open hearing in the investigation into President Trump’s impeachment would take place this month.
In an interview with Bloomberg News, Pelosi said, “I assume the public hearings will take place in November,” and added that any evidence of wrongdoing possibly committed by the President must be “ironclad.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told Fox News on Friday that the administration is “ready for impeachment to take place.”
The democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday to begin formally an investigation into Trump’s possible impeachment. This came a few weeks after the actual start of the investigation, in which congressmen heard testimony behind closed doors.
All Republicans in the house voted against the investigation, joined by two Democrats. The remaining Democrats supported the launch of the investigation; the votes were distributed as follows: 232 votes in support of the investigation and 196 – against.
If the House of Representatives impeaches Trump (this requires a simple majority), the process will be moved to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it will take two-thirds of the vote to remove the President from power. Given that this would require at least 20 Republican senators to support impeachment, the likelihood of Trump’s removal from power seems minimal.