The Democratic chairman of the House judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler, has not ruled out including evidence from the Mueller report in articles of impeachment against Donald Trump that could be published as early as next week.
On Sunday, Nadler told CNN’s State of the Union evidence showed the president’s conduct during the Ukraine scandal was part of “a pattern”, indicating “that the president put himself above this country several times”.
On Monday Nadler’s committee will hold a critical hearing. Democratic and Republican lawyers from the House intelligence committee will testify following a months long investigation of the president’s behaviour during the Ukraine scandal.
Nadler has suggested that after the hearing concludes his committee will work quickly to publish impeachment articles, which could be voted on before Christmas.
The scope of these articles has been the centre of significant debate in the Democratic party, with a number of centrists elected in swing districts keen to keep the focus on Ukraine rather than broader evidence included in the Mueller report into Russian election meddling in 2016, which documented evidence of attempted obstruction of justice by the president.
While Nadler made no commitment to including evidence from Mueller, he argued on CNN that Trump “sought foreign interference in our election several times both in 2016 and in 2020. That he sought to cover it up all the time. And that he continually violated his oath of office.
“And that all this presents a pattern that poses and real and present danger to the integrity of the next election.”
Nadler’s committee released a report on Saturday laying out the constitutional grounds for impeachment, an update to reports published in 1974 and 1998 during impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
Shortly after the report’s publication, Trump once again branded the inquiry “a witch-hunt” and “a total hoax”.
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