'It's Not A Coup': Nadler Lays Out What's Next For Impeachment

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November 01, 2019 - 7:58 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – What’s next in the impeachment inquiry as the process heads into public view? Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, whose committee would draw up the articles of impeachment, spoke with WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

By 232-196, lawmakers on Thursday approved the procedures they'll follow as weeks of closed-door interviews with witnesses evolve into public committee hearings and — almost certainly — votes on whether the House should recommend Trump's removal. All voting Republicans opposed the package. Every voting Democrat but two supported it.

Once the House Intelligence Committee wraps up its closed-door hearings—which is expected to happen soon—it will hand the findings to Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler.

“They’ll draft the report to us on their topic. Some other committees may just report to us—by us, I mean the Judiciary Committee. We’ll hold hearings. We’ll decide what articles of impeachment, if any, should be drafted, and we’ll mark them up and go from there,” Nadler said.

This is the first-ever impeachment of a president running for reelection.

President Trump and Republicans have repeatedly accused the Democrats of staging a coup. A day after the House's historic vote laying the groundwork for impeachment hearings in as little as two weeks, Trump told reporters Friday evening: “The Democrats are crazed. They're lunatics.”

“It’s unfortunately highly partisan because the Republicans are acting purely in the interest of the president and not in the interest of the country,” Nadler told WCBS 880. “It is not a coup, because it is specifically provided for in the constitution of the United States.”

Nadler says this is no different than past impeachment inquiries.

“You gave the minority party the right to examine the witnesses. You gave the president’s counsel the right to examine witnesses, make statements, etcetera. All of which is going to be done in front of the Judiciary Committee,” he said. “So the Judiciary Committee is going to have all the due process rights that were afforded to Nixon and Clinton in their public phases 20 and 45 years ago.”  

Nadler would not speculate on the timeline for the upcoming public hearings, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Bloomberg News she expects they’ll begin this month.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)