Action Update

President Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Next Steps

December 2, 2019

Now that the House the Intelligence Committee has concluded its public hearings into possibly impeaching President Donald Trump, the inquiry enters a new phase.  The intelligence Committee will send a report to the House Judiciary Committee summarizing its findings.  On December 4, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee will begin its public hearings , which may or may not result in a resolution impeaching President Trump to go before the full House of Representatives.

While the exact timing of the Judiciary Committee’s hearings remain in flux and is subject to a number of variables, insiders say that House Leadership wants the hearings and final vote by the full U.S. House to be completed by the end of 2019.   If the full House ultimately votes in favor of impeachment, it does not mean that President Trump is removed from office.  The evidence which led to the President’s impeachment is then sent to the full U.S. Senate, which is then Constitutionally obliged to hold a public trial.  It is during this trial that key Members of the U.S. House serve as “managers,” presenting their case and President Trump is allowed to defend himself.  The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice John Roberts, oversees the trial, at the conclusion of which a final vote is taken by all U.S. Senators, who serve as the jury.  If 2/3 of the Senators (or 66 out of 100) vote to impeach, then the President is removed from office.  If fewer than 2/3 vote to impeach, President Trump remains in his current position.

Please review the attached Action Update and we will keep you updated as things progress.