The House Judiciary Committee said this week it will take the steps necessary to formalize an investigation that could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The head of the Committee, Jerrold Nadler, issued a statement saying it would “make the impeachment hearings informative for Congress and the public, as well as provide the President with an opportunity to respond to the evidence of his guilt.”
Democrats control the Committee with a majority in the House of Representatives. On Monday, Congress resumed work after the holidays.
Three House committees said they began investigating reports that President Trump pressured Ukraine to obtain information compromising Joe Biden, one of the Democratic presidential candidates.
For US history, only two presidents were impeached by the House of Representatives: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999. In 1974 President Richard Nixon resigned, not waiting for a vote of the Chamber.
According to estimates, at least 134 Democrats in the House of representatives support impeachment. A minimum of 218 votes is required for the House of Representatives to pass a resolution.