On Tuesday, Chairman Adam Schiff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) outlined procedures for public hearings this week related to the House's ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The memo is available here and below:
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The House committees tasked with conducting the impeachment inquiry have released new transcripts from the closed-door depositions witnesses in the inquiry. Today, Nov. 11, the committees released the transcripts of the testimony given by Gordon Sondland, U.S.
What is “executive privilege”? In the specific context of information disputes between the executive branch and Congress, the Supreme Court has never addressed—let alone answered—that question.
Then-Rep. Gerald Ford once defined an impeachable offense as “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.” But legal scholars have concluded that impeachment is considerably more law-governed, and constrained, than Ford suggested. They draw on clues from the Founders, the text and structure of the Constitution, and the history of presidential impeachments (and near-impeachments) to make varying arguments about the impeachment power and the range of impeachable offenses.
Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a U.S. Army officer and the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, will appear before the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. He will report that he raised concerns about President Donald Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the center of the House's investigation. His opening statement is available here and below.
Charles Kupperman, the former deputy and acting national security advisor to President Trump, is seeking declaratory judgment from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia regarding whether he is immune from congressional testimony as a close advisor to the president, or whether he must testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. The House has subpoenaed Kupperman, but the executive argues that he is shielded by testimonial immunity. He now seeks a judgment from the court to resolve the constitutional dispute.
The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are both contemplating testimony from the intelligence community officer who first brought to light President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. But requiring the whistleblower to testify is both unnecessary and unwise.
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made a stunning admission of a quid pro quo by confirming that President Donald Trump
Gordon D. Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, will appear on Thursday before House impeachment investigators from the Committees on Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs and Intelligence. His opening statement is available here and below:
Now that Congress has launched an impeachment investigation into President Trump’s effort to use the Ukrainian government to target a political rival, much ink has been spilled on the question of whether Trump’s actions amount to “high crimes and misdemeanors” for which he may be impeached. In analyzing the president’s conduct, some commentators have pointed to one of the two specific grounds for impeachment enumerated in the Constitution: bribery.