Impeachment Watch: Week 7

By: Liv George | Contributing Writer

Senator Chuck Schumer had a lot to say this past week about the impeachment inquiry to CNN. He mentioned that the current efforts to get to the bottom of the whistleblower complaint have been stalled by the refusal to maintain requests from the House Judiciary Committee, namely requests for documents and subpoenas for testimony.

 The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee also weighed in on this, citing that in his refusal to comply with his own subpoena, Mick Mulvaney attempted to encourage others around him to defy their own subpoenas. Mulvaney allegedly attempted to convince others not to hand over documents pertaining to approved Congressional aid to Ukraine and other pertinent documents. 

On Monday, Dec. 9 is the first hearing conducted jointly by both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.  This hearing will lay down the groundwork for the potential Articles of Impeachment, which may be written within the week. Jerry Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman stated to CNN, “President Trump abused his power, betrayed our national security, and corrupted our elections, all for personal gain. The Constitution details only one remedy for this misconduct: impeachment. The safety and security of our nation, our democracy, and future generations hang in the balance if we do not address this misconduct. In America, no one is above the law, not even the President.” This is not the first time that someone intimately involved with the impeachment proceedings has cited the Magna Carta, with a Federal District Judge mentioning the same supremacy of law that Nadler now asserts. 

In preparation for the hearings this week, the House released a report outlining the precedent for impeaching a President, comparing the situation to the Clinton and Nixon impeachment articles in 1998 and 1974, respectively. However, these simply outline the similarities between the cases, not the significant differences that foreign politics added to the mix of President Trump’s impeachment hearings. 

There is little communication regarding the impeachment inquiry between the House and Senate. In a statement to CNN this past week, Sen. Chuck Schumer mentioned that he has attempted to contact majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell in order to discuss the findings of the inquiry. However, McConnell has yet to respond to any of Schumer’s attempts at contact.

That wraps up this week’s impeachment watch, stay tuned to see what comes from the public testimony by both House committees next week.