READ: Full Text of Impeachment Process Resolution Released


House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a draft resolution meant to formalize their impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

No vote has taken place on the inquiry as of yet; three previous votes on impeaching Trump have failed. "They argue that, because the House has not taken a vote, they may simply pretend the impeachment inquiry does not exist", states the letter.

The resolution lays out the procedures for public hearings in front of the House Intelligence Committee, which is now leading with two other committees the questioning of witnesses behind the closed doors. They said their stunt was a protest against the "secrecy" of the process.

The draft is scheduled to be reviewed by the House Rules Committee Wednesday and voted on Thursday. Van Drew says he does not oppose investigations of the president, but thinks lawmakers are spending too much time on an impeachment inquiry when there is little hope that the president would be convicted by the Republican-run Senate.

Harvey handed notes to House Republicans identifying the whistleblower's name ahead of closed-door depositions in an attempt to get the name in the record of the proceedings, which House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., vowed to release.

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Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger, who flipped a Republican district in Virginia past year, said she had no qualms about taking a vote.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) said he still needs to see the text of the resolution Democrats plan to put forward, but said he feels the vote is long overdue.

Under the format for public hearings laid out by the resolution, Schiff is authorized to allow both Democratic and Republican committee staff to lead questioning in the public hearings, before shifting to the traditional five minute question periods for each committee member. Just last week, a federal court confirmed that the House is not required to hold a vote and that imposing such a requirement would be "an impermissible intrusion on the House's constitutional authority".

She wrote, "This resolution establishes the procedure for hearings that are open to the American people, authorizes the disclosure of deposition transcripts, outlines procedures to transfer evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for the President and his Counsel".

Pelosi, meanwhile, suggested that this week's votes are necessary to secure the Trump administration's cooperation.