The House of Representative’s resolution clears the way for nationally televised hearings as Democrats look to make their case to the American people that Trump should be impeached.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on November 1, 2019

With the Presidential election 12 months away, US President Donald Trump is going to have face the embarrassment of impeachment hearings being televised nationally.

Irrespective if the opposition Democrats get to the stage of formally impeaching Trump, they will be able to slur his name continually on television.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has voted to formally proceed with the impeachment against the US President. The vote details how the impeachment inquiry will proceed.

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This was the first test of support in the Democratic-controlled House for the impeachment process. Two Democrats voted against it.

The Republican president is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating unsubstantiated corruption claims against his political rival, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden who worked with Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

Nancy Pelosi Wikimedia Commons
House Speaker and Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi is risking her career on issuing impeachment proceedings against the US President. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In remarks before the vote, House Speaker and Democrats leader Nancy Pelosi described the impeachment inquiry as a “solemn” and “prayerful” process — “not cause for any glee or comfort,” the Washington Post reported.

“I don’t know why Republicans are afraid of the truth,” Pelosi said.

“Every member should support the American people hearing the facts for themselves,” she said in a floor speech. “That is what this vote is about. It’s about the truth. And what is at stake in all of this is nothing less than our democracy.”

The House of Representative’s resolution clears the way for nationally televised hearings as Democrats look to make their case to the American people that Trump should be impeached.

The resolution allows Trump and his lawyers to request and query witnesses and participate in impeachment proceedings once they reach the Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with writing any articles of impeachment that will be voted on by the House. It also authorises the House Intelligence Committee to release transcripts of its closed-door depositions to the public, and it directs the committee to write and then release a report on that investigation in the same fashion.