US House steps up Trump impeachment probe

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"The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the president are under investigation by the committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies", Nadler said in a statement on Monday, as Fox News recounted.

A vote has now been set by the House Committee for Thursday, Sept. 12, in order to set procedural rules for what the committee terms an "impeachment investigation".

It also stipulates that the president's legal team may review and respond to some of the materials. We can't wait any longer while Trump continues to abuse the presidency to enrich himself, obstruct justice and enact hateful policies that target millions of Americans.

The move comes as House Democrats are ramping up aggressive investigations of the president, even as his administration holds back their requests for witnesses and information. During the 1970s Watergate scandal and the Lewinsky saga of the 1990s, the House Judiciary Committee took similar steps towards defining the procedures it would use in examining whether to impeach the president.

"In the past few weeks, we've seen more and more representatives publicly come out in favor of impeachment".

The committee also announced Monday that President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will testify on September 17.

Public and political support for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump remains limited, especially in the wake of underwhelming testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III over his almost two-year investigation into Trump-Russia collusion.

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Democrats announced in late August that they were looking into Mr. Trump's offer to host the Group of Seven world summit at his Doral golf club in Miami.

They've also launched an investigation into Vice President Mike Pence's stay at a Trump-owned property while on an official visit to Ireland. She, along with other skeptical Democrats, has suggested that it would be better to defeat the president at the ballot box in 2020 than to attempt to remove him from office in a politically charged process.

Unlike the Judiciary's investigation into potential violations of the emoluments clauses, the joint probe doesn't explicitly link to the impeachment push.

More than half of the Democratic caucus has come out in support of an impeachment inquiry, with more than two-dozen of the new advocates coming forward since former special counsel Mueller's testimony in July. No, they are singularly focused on one thing and one thing only: "Destroying President Trump and everybody that supports him", said Hannity. "It's beyond time for the House to do more than small-bore resolutions to give them cover", CREDO Action campaign manager Thaís Marques said in a statement.

Pelosi has said she wants to make sure all means are exhausted before deciding whether to launch an impeachment inquiry, pointing to pending court cases and at least six ongoing congressional investigations under the Judiciary, Oversight and Reform, and Intelligence committees. She's pushed for a methodical approach to investigations on several fronts, while the party continues to work on their legislative agenda.

Earlier Monday, a Pelosi aide also reiterated that the speaker supported Nadler's investigation and resolution.

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