Chairman Nadler Statement on Judiciary Committee Impeachment Procedures
Washington, October 29, 2019
Tags: Government Oversight
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Rules Committee released text of impeachment procedures for the House Judiciary Committee that are part of impeachment procedures that will be voted on by the full House. The Judiciary impeachment procedures provide clear safeguards for the President during the impeachment inquiry. They include, among other things, the ability to attend hearings, question witnesses, and present evidence to the Judiciary Committee.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee impeachment procedures:
“This is a serious moment for our Nation. Consistent with its historic role, the House Judiciary Committee will operate under equally serious procedures to govern its part of the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry. These procedures confer, among other things, rights for the minority and for the President equal to those provided during the Nixon and Clinton inquiries. This Committee is committed to executing its part of the House’s ongoing impeachment investigation with the highest fealty to the Constitution.”
The Rules Committee fact sheet on the impeachment procedures is available here.
A chart on presidential protections afforded in modern impeachment inquiries is available here.
A “frequently asked questions” fact sheet is available here.
This impeachment process is consistent with prior precedent, including the impeachments of Presidents Nixon and Clinton. A federal district judge soundly rejected the White House and Republicans’ frivolous claim that the House must have a full vote to initiate an impeachment inquiry. Although a vote is not required, House Democrats are committed to conducting a fair, full, and balanced impeachment inquiry.
The procedures offer President Trump the following protections.
 See Report of the Committee on the Judiciary, Impeachment of Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, p. 9, August 1974.