As Congress reconvenes Monday, the House Judiciary Committee is preparing to hold its first formal vote on impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, according to Politico.
It is possible that by Wednesday, the House panel could vote on a measure that would formalize the proceedings, as well as lay out parameters of the investigation.
Reuters reports that the panel is aiming to make a decision by the end of this year on whether it will recommend impeachment to the House.
According to the Deseret News, more than half of House Democrats support opening an impeachment inquiry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, has opposed efforts to begin a formal investigation into impeachment.
Several congressional panels are already investigating topics ranging from Trump’s tax returns to his interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The House Judiciary Committee, however, has remained focused on obstruction of justice.
The House Judiciary Committee would continue to explore the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as investigating allegations of hush money payments Trump made to women accusing him of extramarital affairs, and evidence of possible violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, according to Politico.
House Republicans have been critical of the committee’s move, claiming that it violates House rules on how impeachment proceedings are brought about. Previous impeachment investigations against former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were authorized by the full House.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News, “If they really want to do this, they have to bring impeachment to the floor.”
Collins further attacked House Democrats by calling the move “pathetic,” and claimed, “This is simply a show, a travesty, and frankly they should be ashamed.”
The American public continues to remain split on impeachment proceedings, including in Utah. A recent poll showed Utahns divided nearly evenly on the issue, Deseret News reported.