Judiciary panel releases report defining impeachable offenses

The House Judiciary Committee on Saturday released a report explaining the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE.

The report comes after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif.) announced earlier in the week that the House would be moving forward with drafting formal articles of impeachment. The articles could be released and voted on as soon as this coming week.

The report, titled "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment," was written by the committee's majority staff and describes impeachment as “the Constitution’s final answer to a President who mistakes himself for a monarch.”

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Additionally, it details the "history, purpose and meaning of the Constitution’s Impeachment Clause" and "addresses legal questions about the impeachment process and rebuts false claims about impeachment."

Specifically, the report clarifies impeachment processes that had been scrutinized by GOP House lawmakers throughout the public committee hearings and addresses six issues of potential relevance:

  • "The law that governs House procedures for impeachment."
  • "The law that governs the evaluation of evidence, including where the President orders defiance of House subpoenas."
  • "Whether the President can be impeached for abuse of his executive powers."
  • "Whether the President’s claims regarding his motives must be accepted at face value."
  • "Whether the President is immune from impeachment if he attempts an impeachable offense but is caught before he completes it."
  • "Whether it is preferable to await the next election when a President has sought to corrupt that very same election."

"The Framers' worst nightmare is what we are facing in this very moment," Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court Schumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "President Trump abused his power, betrayed our national security, and corrupted our elections, all for personal gain.

"The Constitution details only one remedy for this misconduct: impeachment," he continued. "The safety and security of our nation, our democracy, and future generations hang in the balance if we do not address this misconduct. In America, no one is above the law, not even the President."

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Updated: 12:45 p.m.