WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Democrats have begun writing their report on the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump – a key step moving the process forward – but still may obtain more witness depositions and hold further hearings, the panel’s chairman said on Sunday.
Representative Adam Schiff, who is spearheading the inquiry that threatens Trump presidency, said the Democratic-led committee would continue investigations as it works on the report after two weeks of public hearings with testimony from current and former U.S. officials. The panel has held five public hearings and has no more scheduled.
The report could pave the way for House consideration of articles of impeachment – formal charges – against Trump. If these are approved, the Senate, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, would then hold a trial on whether to convict the president and remove him from office.
The inquiry centres on a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate political rival Joe Biden as well as a discredited conspiracy theory promoted by Trump that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.