The impeachment investigation of the house has been speeded up
Donald Trump: House impeachment resolution planned
The Democrats in the United States House of Representatives want to accelerate preparations for an impeachment trial against US President Donald Trump. To this end, there should be a plenary vote on a resolution on the procedure for the first time this week, probably on Thursday. This was announced by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to the MPs.
House plenary resolution to prevent excuses
The vote could prevent the White House from using the lack of a plenary resolution as an excuse to boycott the investigation, Pelosi said. So far, three committees had dealt with the preparations for the so-called impeachment procedure. A plenary vote will "erase any doubts" as to whether the Trump administration has to comply with the inquiries in the investigations.
In recent weeks, the White House had boycotted the investigation into Trump by forbidding officials summoned to hearings, such as the State Department, to testify in the House of Representatives. The White House justified the prohibition of cooperation with an alleged partiality of the investigation and a lack of a plenary resolution of the house.
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There is growing evidence that Trump abused his power, endangered national security and undermined the integrity of elections, said the chairman of the rules of procedure committee, James McGovern. The planned vote should not only bring about cooperation from the White House, but also enable public hearings.
The Justice Committee is expected to play a bigger role in preparing the actual impeachment vote. He is supposed to work out the charges of impeachment. This will increase the transparency of the investigation, wrote McGovern on Twitter.
The Democrats have less influence in the Senate
Trump came under pressure when it became known that he had urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi to investigate the son of Trump's domestic rival Joe Biden in a phone call published in late September. Biden's son had temporarily worked on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. The Democrats accuse Trump of putting pressure on a possible competitor in the approaching 2020 presidential election and letting a foreign government influence the election.
Furthermore, Trump is said to have withheld military aid amounting to several hundred million dollars, which the Senate had awarded Ukraine, as bargaining chip in order to force an investigation into Biden - an accusation that the White House vehemently denied itself, but which, according to the statements, is senior official has confirmed. The White House is also said to have blocked trade advantages for Ukraine.
In response to the revelations, which can be traced back to two whistleblowers, spokeswoman Pelosi opened an investigation in the House of Representatives to consider Trump's impeachment. While the opposition Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives, Trump's Republicans control the Senate, which has the decisive vote in an impeachment. A two-thirds majority of the senators would be necessary for impeachment, so at least 20 Republican senators would have to vote against Trump. No US president has yet been removed from office.
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