Judiciary Committee Formally Probes President Trump’s Actions in Office

Statement of Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen

Note: The U.S. House Judiciary Committee, led by U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), today approved a resolution laying out the procedures for a formal inquiry into whether President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses.

The House Judiciary Committee led by Chair Nadler today took a critical step of formalizing its ongoing, crucial investigation into Trump’s heinous behavior. As the resolution adopted today states, “Special Counsel Mueller’s Report released on April 18th, 2019 found that … there were at least ten separate episodes of President Trump using his official powers to thwart or attempt to thwart the investigation.”

There is a burning need for a deep investigation into these matters, as well as emoluments, campaign finance violations and public corruption, which would be front and center to any articles of impeachment. We applaud the committee and the House generally for taking this next step in the face of the president’s massive disregard for ethics, norms and the constitutional process.