Cover: Donald Trump with Bill Clinton at Trump Tower in 2000
Answer: Bill Clinton’s lawyers delivered a 30-page rebuttal report to the Judiciary Committee in 1998
As we noted last week the House Judiciary Committee is slated to hold its first impeachment hearing this Wednesday. The hearing will consist of a panel of constitutional experts articulating their ideas about what is considered an impeachable offense. This includes defining the vague term of “high crime and misdemeanor” called out in the Constitution.
Before hump day, however, members of the House Intelligence Committee will begin reviewing a report today and then vote on the findings tomorrow. Politico notes that a party-line vote will tee it up for consideration by the Judiciary Committee, which is in turn expected to draft and consider articles of impeachment in the coming weeks. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has indicated that a report will be coming soon, but also kept the door open for new witnesses or testimony.
Speaking of new witnesses, while on Fox News Sunday, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee called for Schiff himself to testify. It’s unlikely that Schiff will hop in the hot seat, and it’s also now confirmed that President Trump will not send a lawyer to participate in the Judiciary hearings.
In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), White House counsel Pat Cipollone called impeachment a “baseless and highly partisan inquiry [that] violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights, and fundamental fairness.”
Context courtesy of the New York Times: “In 1998, President Bill Clinton’s lawyers delivered a 30-page rebuttal report to the Judiciary Committee as it began consideration of whether to impeach Mr. Clinton.”