Impeachment Inquiry or Not to Impeachment Inquiry?

By: Liv George | Contributing Writer

Last Thursday, a House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved the proceedings for President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry. However, there have been issues with semantics as members of the same House committee are not particularly attached to using the phrase “impeachment”  close to the next election cycle. The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, released a statement to CNN following the approval of these proceedings warning people not to get caught up in the phrasing, but rather what the findings may be.

So, what did the committee approve? There was no requirement for the full House of Representatives to vote in favor of the hearings, so these are not (yet) articles of impeachment. This allows for the committee to hold a set of hearings pertaining to the impeachment of President Donald Trump. It defines the length of time for questioning, the rules for the press, and the rules for a response from the president’s lawyers. 

This probe will be what decides whether or not the House should go through with writing official impeachment articles. In order to be able to send official impeachment articles to the Senate for their approval, the House Judiciary Committee will have to find some sort of evidence that Trump is guilty of “treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors.”

While this is not an impeachment proceeding, this is still quite relevant following the release of the 400-something page Mueller report released just this year. It is also relevant to Trump’s polling numbers, as there have been calls for the impeachment of Brett Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court appointee by Trump. This story will be updated as the probe carries on by the House.