On Friday, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler penned a letter to Donald Trump informing him that he has until December 6 to call evidence in and present witnesses in the upcoming impeachment hearings.
The Judiciary Committee will hold the first of its hearings on Wednesday, December 4 on the constitutional basis of impeachment. These hearing follow on the heels of House Intelligence Committee’s weeks-long inquiry into allegations that Trump and his administration withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for the country’s leaders to open an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Adam Schiff will be presenting a report on its findings to be used by the Judiciary Committee.
The House Judiciary Committee will also investigate whether Donald Trump obstructed justice during special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.
The ultimate responsibility of the Judiciary Committee’ is to draft the specific articles of impeachment that will then be voted on by the House and then sent on to the Senate.
In early November, Trump posted to Twitter that he would “strongly consider” testifying in the House’s impeachment probe.
While Robert Mueller’s inquiry into the Trump campaign was taking place, Trump and his attorneys stated that they were open to being interviewed under oath, but when the time came they backed down claiming they had concerns about a “perjury trap,”
Nadler also sent a second later giving Rep. Doug Collins, who is the ranking member of the committee, the same Dec. 6 deadline to propose witnesses to question and subpoena for the upcoming hearings. Under the rules that govern House impeachment Nadler has the power to confirm those requests, The Judiciary Committee also has the power to vote to override Nadler. A committee meeting will be held on December 9 to sort out any conflicts.