During a recent appearance on C-SPAN, Democrat Rep. Al Green makes clear his view that there is “no limit to the number of times” the Democrats could try to impeach President Trump.
“A president can be impeached more than once.” Declared Green “So, we can do this: we can move forward with what we have on the table currently, we can take this before the Senate and we can still investigate other issues, and when the president has committed additional offenses – and my suspicion is that he will – we can take those before the Senate.”
Now, according to a new report from Law and Crime, House Democrats may have tipped their hand that they are planning to do exactly as Green suggested.
House Democrats told a federal court on Monday that they will continue impeachment investigations into President Donald Trump after the scheduled vote on articles of impeachment later this week.
In a 66-page filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, attorneys for congressional investigators led by House General Counsel Douglas N. Letter vowed that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee would continue their impeachment inquiry into whether Trump committed obstruction of justice–regardless of the outcome of the House’s current “narrow impeachment” process premised on the president withholding military aid to the Ukraine in an apparent scheme to obtain an investigation into Joe Biden‘s son.
The Judiciary Committee’s separate impeachment investigation is based on the findings contained in the report on election interference and obstruction of justice produced by former special counsel Robert Mueller. According to Letter, Judiciary Committee Democrats are determined to obtain additional grand jury materials produced in the course of Mueller’s investigation that the Department of Justice has been just as determined to keep under judicial lock-and-key.
Per the filing, Democrats want said materials for two distinct reasons:
As the Committee recently explained, should the Committee obtain the withheld material, “it would be utilized, among other purposes, in a Senate trial on these articles of impeachment, if any.” And the Committee “has continued and will continue [its impeachment] investigations consistent with its own prior statements respecting their importance and purposes.” The withheld material could inform those investigations as well.
“The Department of Justice takes extraordinary positions in this case,” the filing notes in a separate section. “It does so to avoid disclosing grand-jury material needed for the House’s impeachment of President Trump and the Senate’s trial to remove him from office. This Court should reject DOJ’s efforts to insulate the President from Congress’s impeachment power.”
In other words, not only will impeachment proceedings likely continue based on the Mueller report, but Democrats might also attempt to use the secret Mueller grand jury materials in an effort to convince the Senate that Trump should be removed from office–but as of now, it’s not entirely clear what Mueller may have uncovered that is particularly relevant to the Ukraine affair.
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