House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Friday said “articles of impeachment are under consideration” for President Donald Trump.
Nadler added that no “final determination” has been made.
The Judiciary Committee has been looking into whether the president obstructed justice amid the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.
Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have so far urged caution on moving forward with impeachment, citing concerns about the potential benefits to Trump ahead of an election year.
A July 3 Gallup poll found 45% of Americans believe Trump should be impeached, while 53% said he should not be.
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Friday made one of his most direct statements yet on the subject of impeachment.
“Articles of impeachment are under consideration as part of the Committee’s investigation, although no final determination has been made. In addition, the Committee has the authority to recommend its own articles of impeachment for consideration by the full House,” Nadler said.
.@RepJerryNadler: “Articles of impeachment are under consideration as part of the committee’s investigation although no final determination has been made.”
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This came a day after the Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas for 12 key witnesses mentioned in Mueller’s report on the probe, including White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
This also comes ahead of Mueller’s highly anticipated testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, which is set for July 17.
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Democratic leaders have continuously pumped the brakes on impeachment discussions, at times facing dissent on the matter from some of the more progressive and younger members of the party like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has cited concerns that launching impeachment proceedings could only serve to Trump’s benefit ahead of an election year.
Recent polling has shown the public is split over the issue of impeachment. A July 3 Gallup poll, for example, found 45% of Americans believe Trump should be impeached, while 53% said he should not be.
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