Nadler: Committee Has Started ‘Formal Impeachment Proceedings’ Against Trump
House Judiciary Committee Chairman says he's not waiting for Pelosi
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has confirmed that his committee has begun “formal impeachments proceedings" against President Donald Trump.
The House has been trying to decide whether to approve articles of impeachment against the President.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller 18-month-long investigation into alleged misconduct by the president proved to be fruitless as there was no adequate evidence that Trump or his administration colluded with Russia.
Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, Nadler said he “wasn’t waiting” for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who still hasn't publically supported impeachment.
But Nadler added that Pelosi has been cooperating with the committee.
He then insisted his investigation should be considered “formal impeachment proceedings” and that he expected a decision would be reached on impeachment by the end of 2019.
“This is formal impeachment proceedings,” Nadler said.
“We are investigating all the evidence, we’re gathering the evidence and we will at the conclusion of this, hopefully by the end of the year, vote to, vote articles of impeachment to the House floor or we won’t," Nadler said.
"That’s a decision that we’ll have to make."
"But that – that’s exactly the process we’re in right now.”
Nadler’s announcement came a day after a lawsuit was filed by the Democrats in the federal court aimed at pushing former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the House Judiciary panel on Trump's alleged attempts at obstructing Mueller’s investigation.
“There are articles of impeachment introduced a number of months ago and referred to the committee,” Nadler said.
“As the investigation proceeds, we may want to draft our own articles of impeachment that may more closely fit the evidence. We’ll see.”
According to CNN, over half of the caucus supports an impeachment inquiry.
Trump would be just the third president in history to be impeached if the Democrats get their dream.