Schiff's House Committee to meet Tuesday to approve release of Trump-Ukraine report
WASHINGTON - House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., set a Tuesday meeting to approve the release of a report expected to detail the panel's findings on President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
In keeping with committee rules, panel members are expected to be able to review the report starting at 6 p.m. Monday, 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. It comes after closed-door depositions with more than a dozen government witnesses and a series of televised public hearings with several of those officials.
The report is expected to be forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration of articles of impeachment against Trump. The Judiciary panel has scheduled a Wednesday hearing to consider the historical and constitutional standards for impeachment.
The expected release of the report, coming 11 days after the last public hearing conducted by the Intelligence Committee, continues a breakneck pace for House Democrats as they investigate the potential impeachment of the president. While Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have not committed to any firm timeline, Tuesday's meeting keeps the House on a trajectory to possibly approve articles of impeachment on the House floor before Christmas - setting up a Senate trial on Trump's removal early in the new year.
Democratic staffers on the Intelligence Committee worked through the Thanksgiving recess completing their report, while lawmakers spent the week at home in their districts. Their exact findings are not publicly known, but the report is expected to lay out a case for Trump's abuse of his presidential powers - that he used the promise of a White House meeting and the withholding of military aid approved by Congress to compel Ukraine's government to launch politically motivated investigations into his political enemies.
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