House Democrats Signal That Trump Could Be Impeached By Christmas
House Democrats have made a series of recent moves indicating that President Donald Trump could face impeachment as early as next month, according to CNN — continuing the rapid pace that has underscored the impeachment inquiry so far.
By avoiding court battles over subpoenas and limiting the number of witnesses to testify at upcoming public hearings, Democrats could reach a vote on impeachment articles by Christmas, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not indicated a definitive timeline.
Public hearings are slated to begin on Wednesday, and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said last week that there will be a limit to witness testimony. The committee has made “rapid progress” on the inquiry, he said, adding that "the most important facts are largely not contested."
Democrats decided not to subpoena former National Security Adviser John Bolton and also withdrew their subpoena of former White House aide Charles Kupperman, who filed a lawsuit asking the court to determine whether he had to comply.
"We have no interest in allowing the administration to play rope-a-dope with us in the courts for months,” a House Intelligence Committee told CNN.
The committee is expected to issue a final report around Thanksgiving, the news outlet said, at which point the matter would move to the House Judiciary Committee for a vote on articles of impeachment, likely sometime in the first two weeks of December.