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Chaos on Capitol Hill while Democrats repeatedly reject GOP proposals for accusation rules

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116th CONGRESS

1st session

H. RES. 660

Assign certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the current investigation by the House of Representatives into whether there are sufficient grounds for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to appoint Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America. , to blame and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 29, 2019

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Mr McGovern (for himself, Mr Hastings, Mrs Torres from California, Mr Perlmutter, Mr Raskin, Mrs Scanlon, Mr Morelle, Mrs Shalala and Mr DeSaulnier) have tabled the following resolution; which has been referred to the Committee on the Rules of Procedure

RESOLUTION

Assign certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the current investigation by the House of Representatives into whether there are sufficient grounds for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to appoint Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America. , to blame and for other purposes.

Determined that the Permanent Select Committee for Information and the Committees for Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Supervision and Reform, and Roads and Resources are aiming to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the current parliamentary inquiry into demand or there are sufficient grounds for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to accuse Donald John Trump, president of the United States of America.

SEC. 2. OPEN AND TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE FOR INTELLIGENCE.

To continue the investigation described in the first part of this resolution, the Permanent Select Committee for Information (referred to in this resolution as the & # 39; Permanent Select Committee & # 39;) is authorized to initiate a procedure on: under this resolution:

(1) The chairperson of the permanent selection committee shall designate an open hearing or hearings in accordance with this section.

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(2) Notwithstanding Clause 2 (j) (2) of Rule XI of the Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives, upon recognition by the President for such purpose under this paragraph during a hearing designated under paragraph (1), the President and ranking. minority member of the Permanent Select Committee may interview witnesses during equal specified periods of longer than five minutes, as determined by the chairman. The available time for each period of interrogation under this paragraph is the same for the chairman and the ranking minority member. The chair may grant recognition for several periods of such interrogation, but each interrogation period may not last more than 90 minutes in total. Only the chairperson and the ranking minority member, or an employee of the Permanent Select Committee if admitted by the chairperson or the ranking minority member, may interview witnesses during such interrogation periods. At the end of the interrogation under this paragraph, the committee will continue the interrogation according to the five-minute rule in accordance with clause 2 (j) (2) (A) of rule XI.

(3) In order to allow a full evaluation of requests for witnesses from minorities, the ranking minority member may submit all requests for witness statements relevant to the investigation described in the first part of this resolution in writing within 72 hours of notification. chairman. designated for the first hearing in accordance with paragraph (1). Such a request must be accompanied by a detailed written statement of the relevance of the testimony of each requested witness for the investigation described in the first part of this resolution.

(4) (A) The ranking minority member of the Permanent Select Committee is authorized to require, with the agreement of the Chair, as deemed necessary for the investigation –

(i) by subpoena or otherwise—

(I) the presence and testimony of a person (including making a statement); and

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(II) the production of books, archives, correspondence, memoranda, papers and documents; and

(ii) by questioning, providing information.

(B) In the event that the chairperson refuses to agree to a proposed action of the ranking minority member in accordance with paragraph (A), the ranking minority member has the right to refer the matter to the committee for a decision as to whether such authority should exercised and the chairman immediately convenes the committee to take that decision, subject to the notification procedures for a committee meeting in accordance with Article 2 (g) (3) (A) and (B) of Rule XI.

(C) Subpoenas and interrogations thus authorized may be signed by the member of the minority ranking and may be served by a person designated by the minority ranking member.

(5) The Chairperson is authorized to electronically publish the transcripts of statements made by the Permanent Select Committee to promote the research described in the first part of this resolution, with appropriate edits for classified and other sensitive information.

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(6) The Permanent Select Committee should prepare a report with its findings and any recommendations and add any information and materials that the Permanent Select Committee considers appropriate with regard to the research described in the first part of this resolution. The chairperson shall send this report and the annexes, together with any additional, minority, additional or different positions submitted in accordance with Article 2 (l) of Rule XI, to the Commission for the Judiciary and shall make such a report publicly available in electronic form, with appropriate operations to protect classified and other sensitive information. The report required under this paragraph shall be drawn up in consultation with the chairmen of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Monitoring and Reform.

SEC. 3. TRANSFER OF ADDITIONAL MATERIALS.

The chairman of the Permanent Select committee or the chairman of another committee that keeps data or other material related to the research referred to in the first part of this decision, is authorized, in consultation with the member of the ranking, transfer such data or materials to the Judiciary Committee.

SEC. 4. INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES FOR IMPEACHMENT IN THE JUSTICE COMMITTEE.

(a) The House authorizes the Judiciary Committee to initiate proceedings relating to the investigation of allegations referred to in the first part of this resolution, in accordance with the procedures submitted by the chairman of the Rules Committee to: be printed in the Congress report. to enable the participation of the President and his Counsel.

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(b) The Judiciary Committee has the power to declare additional proceedings if it deems this necessary for the fair and efficient conduct of hearings of committees held under this resolution, provided that the additional proceedings do not conflict with the procedures referred to in subsection (a), the committee's rules and the internal rules.

(c) (1) The ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee is authorized, with the agreement of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, to demand, as deemed necessary for the investigation –

(A) by subpoena or otherwise—

(i) the presence and testimony of a person (including when taking a statement); and

(ii) the production of books, archives, correspondence, memoranda, papers and documents; and

(B) by questioning, providing information.

(2) In the event that the chairman refuses to agree to a proposed action of the ranking minority member in accordance with paragraph (1), the ranking minority member has the right to refer the matter to the committee for a decision as to whether such authority is exercised and the chairman immediately convenes the committee to take that decision, subject to the notification procedures for a committee meeting in accordance with Rule 2 (g) (3) (A) and (B) of Rule XI.

(3) Summons and interrogations thus authorized may be signed by the member of the minority ranking and may be served by a person designated by the minority ranking member.

(d) The Commission for the Judiciary reports the resolutions, articles of deposition or other recommendations that it deems appropriate to the House of Representatives.

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