Trump impeachment hearing set for Dec. 4 by House Judiciary Committee

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The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday will hold its first hearing as part of the impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump on December 4.

With that stage complete, chairman Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with considering whether to draft articles of impeachment against the president, said the first public hearing before his panel would begin at 10:00 am (1500 GMT).

"The information they revealed confirmed that this president has abused the power of his office, therefore I continue to support impeachment".

Trump has until Sunday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.to alert the Judiciary Committee of any plans to participate and if so, which counsel will represent him.

"We expect to discuss the constitutional framework through which the House may analyze the evidence gathered in the present inquiry".

"I have also written to President Trump to remind him that the Committee's impeachment inquiry rules allow for the President to attend the hearing and for his counsel to question the witness panel".

As part of the House impeachment inquiry, Democrats are investigating whether President Donald Trump held up the $391 million in aid in order to pressure Ukraine to announce it would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential challenger to the president in 2020.

Sandy testified earlier this month that the White House decision to freeze almost $400 million in congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine in mid-July was highly irregular and that senior political appointees in the OMB were unable to provide an explanation for the delay. The Judiciary panel gave the White House until December 1 to decide whether Trump or his lawyers would attend.

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"We are so close to an election", Lawrence said.

Even if the investigators vying for the compilation of the report, the Democrats do not exclude further statements.

Schiff then said he hopes that Republican lawmakers will go along with the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

Democrats are also expected to include an article on obstruction of Congress that outlines Trump's instructions to officials in his administration to defy subpoenas for documents or testimony.

New polling released earlier this month from the New York Times Upshot with Siena College depicts a troubling picture for Democrats a year out from election day.

"We are open to the possibility that further evidence will come to light", Schiff said.

Democrats believe they have a strong case showing the president abused his power by withholding security assistance to pressure a foreign government to help gather damaging information on domestic U.S. political rivals.

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