Following two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry led by the House Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee is picking up where their fellow lawmakers left off with a hearing defining impeachable offenses.
The move from one committee to the other marks an important shift: It means lawmakers are now less concerned with gathering evidence of potential wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and more interested in deciding what that evidence means and whether it is enough to write and vote on articles of impeachment.
The formal handoff follows a Tuesday evening vote in the Intelligence Committee on a report summarizing that committee’s findings. The House Judiciary Committee has begun to review that report and will use it as a blueprint for drafting its articles of impeachment.
Essentially, Wednesday’s hearing is the first step in turning an impeachment inquiry into an impeachment.
The first Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing is set to begin Wednesday, December 4, at 10 am ET. Vox will stream it live on both Facebook and Twitter.
Who are the impeachment hearing witnesses?
To advance the impeachment process, the House Judiciary Committee — led by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler — will hear on Wednesday from four witnesses, all constitutional law scholars. The goal of this first hearing is to provide a clear definition of what constitutes an impeachable offense.
Democratic members of the committee chose three of the witnesses; Republicans were allowed to select one. They are:
Noah Feldman of Harvard University
Pamela Karlan of Stanford University
Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina
Jonathan Turley of George Washington University
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