House sets up Monday hearing to hear evidence on Trump impeachment
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Monday morning to receive presentations of evidence from investigators as it moves forward with crafting articles of impeachment against President Trump.
The White House declined to participate in this week’s hearing, but did not rule out taking part in future ones.
At Wednesday’s hearing with the constitutional experts, Democrats gave the clearest sign yet that they are eyeing three possible articles of impeachment: abuse of power and bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.
While the investigative phase of the impeachment inquiry focused on Trump’s push for the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and unproven allegations of 2016 election interference, some Democrats have called for including obstruction of justice allegations from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as part of any articles of impeachment.
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) on Wednesday also called for including Trump’s actions and rhetoric that have inflamed racial tensions — such as his equivocal response to the racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 or urging four progressive freshman congresswomen to “go back” to the countries from which their families immigrated — as an abuse of power charge.
Other Democrats, especially those in swing districts, are keen to keep the articles of impeachment focused on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine to avoid complicating their message.