House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that the impeachment process resolution passed on Thursday will enable open hearings and allow him to soon start releasing depositions from witnesses Congress has already heard from behind closed doors.
“This is a solemn day in the history of our country,” Schiff said.
Schiff said that the founding fathers inserted impeachment into the Constitution for leaders who take office and abuse the office.
“We take no joy in having to move down this road and proceed with this impeachment inquiry, but neither do we shrink from it,” he said.
“During the depositions that weve conducted thus far weve used a format we believe is very conducive to the fact-finding process,” and that process will continue in the open hearings, Schiff said, noting staff counsel will be permitted to do sustained questioning of up to 45 minutes for each side, as has been the case.
Schiff said he will begin releasing transcripts of the depositions.
“We recognize the seriousness of this undertaking. We recognize that we have been compelled by the circumstances to move forward,” Schiff said.
“Im proud of the resolution we put together. I believe it will stand the test of time,” House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said. The committee did not add any of the 17 amendments Republicans proposed on Wednesday.
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