After two weeks of public impeachment hearings, the holiday recess allows for a brief pause and a chance to reflect. At this time, the Intelligence Committee has no additional impeachment hearings scheduled. While the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform Committees will continue in their investigations, possibly with more hearings, the focus will shift to the House Judiciary Committee this week, who is scheduled to begin hearings at 10am this Wednesday.
Ahead of the hearings, The House Intelligence Committee will vote on a report compiled by Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-California). The Intelligence Committee members will be able to view a draft of Congressman Schiff’s report on Monday and are scheduled to vote on it by 6 pm Tuesday. If Intelligence Committee members vote to adopt the report, it will be forwarded to the Judiciary Committee.
The report will summarize the evidence found this far, set forth the Committee’s findings from the testimonies and make recommendations to the House Judiciary Committee.
The report will possibly include allegations against the White House regarding witnesses that failed to comply with subpoena requests. Although a number of witnesses did present themselves to the hearings, a dozen witnesses ignored the House Intelligence Committees’ subpoena requests, leading critical documents and statements to be omitted from the probe. Officials and figures that have refused to testify include Mike Pence, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney and Rick Perry. Each was involved in executive national security decision-making, preceding and proceeding the infamous July 25th, 2019 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelinsky.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn to cooperate, after he had failed to comply with requests. The question of whether the other witnesses have to comply is still unanswered. The absence of their statements and documents could possibly lead the Committees to include an “obstruction of Congress” allegation in their report, a claim also mentioned multiple times in the Mueller report.