2019-08-09 15:11:291 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
After quietly mounting investigation after investigation of Donald Trump, his campaign, his administration, his aides, his businesses, and his finances, one House leader is now openly admitting they are undergoing formal impeachment proceedings.
The president has been proclaiming since the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report that the impeachment threat was over, but for the Democrats, it doesn't seem like they could be any closer, especially House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
This week the New York congressman filed a lawsuit to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to obey the subpoenas that have been issued to him. He explicitly mentioned impeachment in the court filing.
"The Judiciary Committee is now determining whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the president based on the obstructive conduct described by the special counsel," state's the court filing, referring to Mueller's testimony before both the House Judiciary and House Intelligence panels as well as his report issued March 22.
Additionally, the court filing stated that McGahn is the Judiciary Committee's "most important fact witness in its consideration of whether to recommend articles of impeachment."
"This is formal impeachment proceedings," Nadler told CNN. "We are investigating all the evidence, gathering the evidence. And we will [at the] conclusion of this — hopefully by the end of the year — vote to vote articles of impeachment to the House floor. Or we won't. That's a decision that we'll have to make. But that's exactly the process we're in right now."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn't been so much against impeachment as she's been dragging her feet. She has not said she will not support it but has said Trump is not worth it and has moved toward the possibility very cautiously, feeling it could be too divisive for the country. She's been relying on the separate House committees to investigate.
Before Mueller's testimony there were more than 80 members of Congress willing to move on impeachment proceedings. After the two hearings and Trump's racist comments to members of Congress, there are more than 100, with more than half of the Democratic caucus now supporting the measure.
Last month Rep. Al Green (D-TX) filed articles of impeachment, telling his peers in the House they must impeach Trump for his racist remarks telling four congresswomen of color to "go back' to "the countries from which they came."
He added that Trump has "brought the high office of the President of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace, and disrepute" and that he has shown discord, demonstrated he is unfit, betrayed the country's trust, and committed a high misdemeanor while in office.
The House didn't pass the measure. Nadler indicated on Thursday that his committee would draw up their own impeachment articles that "more closely fit the evidence."
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