WASHINGTON.-The investigation for a political trial of US President Donald Trump will change the scene next week with the first public hearing in the Judicial Committee of the Lower House, to which the president's lawyers are invited for the first time.
After almost two months of public and private sessions in the Intelligence Committee of the Lower House, the Judicial Committee revealed Tuesday that it will hold its first public hearing on the case next Wednesday, December 4.
Once he receives the report on the evidence against Trump that the Intelligence Committee is finishing, the Judicial will be the panel in charge of determining whether he draws charges against the president or articles for a political trial, and the process to do so will begin with the hearing of next week.RELATED
We will address the constitutional framework that can serve as a basis for the Lower House to analyze the evidence presented in the investigation "and if it makes sense to write charges, said the president of the Judiciary Committee, Democrat Jerrold Nadler, in a letter sent today to Trump.
Nadler did not specify who will testify at the hearing, but Democratic sources told The New York Times that they will be legal experts, who will talk about constitutional precedents and the history of political judgment.
The congressman gave the White House a deadline until next Sunday to confirm whether he will send lawyers to the hearing to question the witnesses.
If the Judiciary Committee draws up and approves charges against Trump, it would give way to a vote in the House of Representatives, which would decide whether to agree to initiate a political trial that would be held in the Senate, where Republicans have a majority and Democrats will have difficult to achieve the necessary margin to dismiss the president.
The White House has so far prevented the testimony of several Trump advisers who are key in the case, and although a federal judge ruled on Monday against one of those obstacles imposed by the president, the long appeals process will make it unlikely that those figures end up appearing before the White House.
Trump wrote on Twitter today that he would "love" to testify to some of his advisors, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, but has prevented them from doing so so as not to set a precedent that could harm "futures presidents. "
The investigation is based on Trump's pressures to get the Ukrainian government to investigate whether former US Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was corrupt in his dealings with Ukraine when he was in power in 2016 and his son Hunter had ties to the Ukrainian gas company Burisma.
Although Trump has acknowledged that he pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden, he has denied that this was the reason he held back the delivery of nearly $ 400 million in military aid to the country, or for which he extended the president’s attempts Ukrainian, Volodímir Zelenski, to meet him at the White House.
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