The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives unilaterally decided to call for two new hearings in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump in a new attempt to gather evidence and testimony against the president.
These last two subpoenas, scheduled for Jan. 3, 2020, have already been appealed by the Department of Justice to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for having been approved despite the observations of federal judges, the Daily Caller described.
In the first of the hearings, Democrats ask for access to material from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s failed investigation, and in the second they demand that former White House lawyer Don McGahn be forced to testify.
At this point, it should be noted that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals itself suspended publication of Mueller’s grand jury materials in late October, hours before it scheduled release.
If hearings are held, the two panels of three justices presiding over each of the cases would have a Republican majority, and their verdicts could be appealed back to the D.C. Circuit or the Supreme Court.
There were no reports on the repercussions of the two cases or on how the course of the impeachment led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff would change. Schiff announced that he would present his report on the inquiry in the coming days.
Once delivered, the document must be evaluated by the Judicial Committee, which will conduct hearings to decide whether to hold an official vote in the House.
The votes could end up elevating the impeachment of President Trump to the Republican-majority Senate, where another judicial process would be organized to decide the future of the president.