House Democrats were drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump on Sunday, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who also said his committee may hold a vote to impeach the president as early as this week.
The chairman said any actions on impeachment would wait until after a hearing on Monday to wrap up the investigative process.
“There are possible drafts that various people are writing,” Nadler said during a segment on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Reuters reports. “But the fact is we’re not going to make any decision as to how broad the articles should be – as to what they contain, what the wording is – until after the hearing tomorrow.”
“I think the case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat,” Nadler added.
Nadler will then publically declare the scope of the articles of impeachment and hold a vote.
This step includes the Judiciary Committee identifying a specific crime (or crimes) they believe President is guilty of and voting within the Democratic-majority committee to proceed to a full House vote.
Reuters reports the charges will likely including abuse of power regarding his dealings with Ukraine and obstructing Congress. Democrats may file an additional article of obstructing justice citing evidence from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, but Reuters reports Nadler is leaning away from taking such action due to hesitancy by some committee members.
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The Democratic-led House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry focuses on Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 2020 election.
Nadler told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that articles of impeachment would be brought to the panel later in the week. Asked on CNN if lawmakers could vote this week, he said, “It’s possible.”
The impeachment probe has focused on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, and into a discredited theory promoted by Trump and his allies that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 election.
Trump denies wrongdoing and says the impeachment inquiry is a politically motivated witchhunt aimed at ousting him.