WASHINGTON — After two weeks of public hearings, the House Intelligence Committee announced Monday that it has conclusive evidence against President Donald Trump and they are entering the succeeding phase of the impeachment inquiry.
In a letter to House Democratic colleagues, committee chair Adam Schiff wrote that Intel will provide a report summarizing the evidence from its investigation of Trump — including hearings and depositions — which will be delivered over to the Judiciary Committee soon after Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess.
The Judiciary Committee and chair Jerry Nadler will assemble the evidence and decide whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House of Representatives. The committee will then be responsible for writing those articles before the House votes on whether to send the issue to a trial in the Senate.
“Over the course of our inquiry, we have uncovered a months-long effort in which President Trump again sought foreign interference in our elections for his personal and political benefit at the expense of our national interest,” wrote Schiff. “As the evidence conclusively shows, President Trump conditioned official acts—a White House meeting desperately desired by the new Ukrainian president and critical U.S. military assistance—on Ukraine announcing sham, politically-motivated investigations that would help President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.”
Schiff wrote that the committee would continue to investigate and would not
“foreclose the possibility of further depositions or hearings.”
Read the full letter Rep. Adam Schiff wrote to Democratic colleagues here or below.
STEPS TO IMPEACH
- First, an impeachment resolution must be introduced by a member of the House of Representatives.
- The speaker of the House must then direct the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary (or a special committee) to hold a hearing on the resolution to decide whether to put the measure to a vote by the full chamber and when to hold such a vote.
- A simple majority of the Judiciary Committee must approve the resolution.
- If the Judiciary Committee approves the resolution, it moves to a full vote on the House floor.
- If a simple majority of the those present and voting in the House approve an article of impeachment, then the president is impeached.
- The procedure then moves to the Senate where a “trial” is held to determine if the president committed a crime. There is no set procedure for the trial. How it is conducted would be set by the Senate leadership.
- Members of the House serve as “managers” in the Senate trial. Managers serve a similar role as prosecutors do in a criminal trial, they present evidence during the procedure.
- The president would have counsel to represent him at the Senate process.
- The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court presides over the trial.
- Senators listen to the evidence presented, including closing arguments from each side and retire to deliberate.
- Senators then reconvene and vote on whether the president is guilty or not guilty of the crimes he is accused of. It takes a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict. If the president is found guilty, he is removed from office and the vice president is sworn-in as president.