House Intelligence Committee sets Tuesday vote on impeachment report

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House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said he isn't anxious about polls showing declining support for the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

Back in Washington, the House Intelligence Committee in recent weeks has heard from a dozen fact witnesses, all current or previous Trump administration officials, about the irregular foreign-policy channel set up by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and the unexplained holdup of $400 million in security aid to help Kyiv in its war with Russian-backed fighters in eastern Ukraine, Europe's only active battlefront. On Tuesday, the panel is expected to approve the findings - likely on a party-line vote - teeing it up for consideration by the Judiciary Committee, which is in turn expected to draft and consider articles of impeachment in the coming weeks.

"They want to get this president right now before everybody completely sees through the process sham of the elections for next year", Collins said.

On this week's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) admitted just three days before the committee is going call witnesses at the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump, their identities are being kept secret.

Some Democrats on Sunday intensified their criticism of Trump's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine.

The hearing, the first in a series of proceedings expected before the committee, will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.

Congressional investigators have been examining whether Trump abused his power by trying to strong-arm the neophyte president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, into announcing investigations meant to damage Joe Biden, a potential 2020 challenger, and to undermine the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

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Senior Judiciary aides would not elaborate on other potential impeachment hearings.

A U.S. congressional panel gave President Donald Trump one week to say whether his legal counsel intends to introduce evidence and call witnesses in upcoming impeachment proceedings that could lead to formal charges of misconduct within a few weeks. The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), told Chris Wallace on Sunday's edition of Fox News Sunday that Schiff is the Republicans' priority. We all would like to hear from Mick Mulvaney.

But Collins continued to defend Trump.

"Schiff has put himself into that position", Collins said. The White House has not yet indicated whether it will take part in the committee proceedings.

It will be up House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to make the final call on any articles of impeachment. Reaching that tally would require 20 Republicans to side with Democrats and vote to remove Trump from office.

A transcript of a July call between Trump and Ukraine's recently elected president Volodymyr Zelensky - released in September by the White House - is the centerpiece of their evidence.

Pressed on whether impeaching Mr. Trump was written into Democrats' "playbook" from the start of this presidency, Mr. Jeffries said the House is a co-equal branch that must serve as a check on wrongdoing.

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