The four issues addressed in the resolution were all addressed in similar committee documents laying out impeachment-related procedures in connection with the impeachments of Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998.
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The House Committee on the Judiciary filed a response to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s order to show reasoning for why the committee’s motion to compel former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress should be designated as related to the committee’s efforts to obtain materials from a grand jury.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler declared on Aug. 8 that Congress is engaging in “formal impeachment proceedings,” and America yawned.
The Constitution does not impose a requirement to begin impeachment proceedings. But under extreme circumstances, a refusal to engage the matter of impeachment raises questions about whether members of Congress are abiding by their oaths of office.
There is some point at which the president’s conduct is so egregious that the House has no choice under the Constitution but to begin impeachment proceedings. The only question is where to draw the line.
Though Democratic leadership remains hesitant, members of the House Committee on the Judiciary are voicing support for an impeachment inquiry. But the moral urgency of impeachment can only remain ripe for so long.
Where his predecessors since Watergate have been gradually reacquiring power for the White House, President Trump might find himself giving power back.
On April 23, Benjamin Wittes hosted a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution unpacking what we learned from the redacted version of the Mueller report. The panel featured Susan Hennessey, Chuck Rosenberg and Margaret Taylor. They discussed the factual record Mueller established on Russian interference and collusion, whether the president's conduct constitutes obstruction of justice and how Congress and the American people might react to the report.
The options for checking a president who abuses his power to the degree that Trump has are functionally impeachment proceedings or nothing.
Congress has managed twice to obtain federal grand jury information in prior special counsel investigations, but the legal and factual landscape surrounding those situations is distinct from the landscape surrounding the Mueller report.