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House to vote on next steps in Trump impeachment inquiry

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Published on October 28, 2019 - Duration: 02:23s

House to vote on next steps in Trump impeachment inquiry

The U.S. House of Representatives this week will debate legislation establishing procedures for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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House to vote on next steps in Trump impeachment inquiry

The U.S. House of Representatives will take its first floor vote on impeachment this week... with a resolution that lays out the next phase of the inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In a letter to fellow Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said the measure would lay the groundwork for public hearings - as pressure grows from Republicans to make the inquiry more open.

She also said the procedure would include ways to set "due process" for Trump and his lawyers.

Plus, outline steps for committees to forward evidence they've collected to the House Judiciary Committee, which could potentially draft articles of impeachment.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE REP.

ADAM SCHIFF, SAYING: "Good morning.

Today, Dr. Kupperman was scheduled to testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry for a previously scheduled deposition, and he was a no-show." The development comes after an aid to former White House national security adviser John Bolton defied a Congressional subpoena to testify before House investigators on Monday (October 28).

Instead, the aide, Charles Kupperman, filed a lawsuit against Congress asking a federal court to determine whether he had to comply with a subpoena.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, a former federal prosecutor, is leading the impeachment inquiry and he derided Kupperman's lawsuit.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE REP.

ADAM SCHIFF, SAYING: "A private citizen cannot sue the Congress to avoid coming in when they are served with a lawful subpoena." Democrats in the House are investigating whether President Donald Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure that country's president to publicly announce an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The President has denied any wrongdoing and described the inquiry as politically motivated.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "I think it's a disgrace.

And frankly, I told Republicans, who are really being taken advantage of, they're really being maligned, and I think it's a horrible thing.

They're really looking to hurt the Republican party." Republican lawmakers last week disrupted the inquiry when a group of them pushed their way into a classified hearing room in an act of protest over what they consider an unfair process, temporarily halting testimony.

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