The Trump impeachment hearings kicked off last month with five days of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Now the action shifts to the House Judiciary Committee.
The committee held its first hearing on Wednesday, December 4, with four constitutional scholars testifying on the impeachment process. The three witnesses called by Democrats argued that Trump’s conduct was plainly impeachable. The one called by Republicans disagreed.
A day after the first Judiciary hearing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will be moving forward with articles of impeachment against Trump. “Our democracy is what is at stake,” Pelosi said. “The president leaves us no choice but to act, because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”
Here’s the schedule for this month, which will be updated as more information becomes available.
Wednesday, December 4
10 a.m. ET
The House Judiciary Committee announced on Monday afternoon that four legal scholars, three selected by Democrats and one chosen by Republicans, will testify on Wednesday:
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law
Harvard Law School
Pamela S. Karlan
Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic
Stanford Law School
Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence
The University of North Carolina School of Law
J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law
The George Washington University Law School
The White House has informed Democrats that it will not participate.
“Under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter to Nadler, adding that “an invitation to an academic discussion with law professors does not begin to provide the president with any semblance of a fair process.” It’s unclear if President Trump has ruled out any involvement in future hearings.
Monday, December 9the House Judiciary Committee
The House Judiciary Committee will hold its second impeachment hearing on Monday, December 9 when counsel for the House Intelligence Committee and House Judiciary Committee present their findings to lawmakers. The attorney for Intelligence will likely discuss related to the Ukraine scandal while the Judiciary counsel will address obstruction of justice.
The committee seem likely to vote on the articles of impeachment before the end of the week.
The Third Week of December
The full House is expected to vote on the articles of impeachment in the week before Christmas.
This post has been updated throughout.