House Democrats introduced a draft resolution Tuesday intended to formalize their impeachment inquiry.
Among other steps, the draft authorizes the chair of the House Intelligence Committee to conduct open hearings. It also grants the ranking Republican on the committee the authority to issue subpoenas — with the concurrence of the Democratic chair.
The move comes after President Trump and congressional Republicans denounced the probe as “illegitimate” because Democrats launched the probe and began closed-door witness interviews without a full House vote.
In a letter to House Democrats Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the move now was “to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.”
The House Rules Committee scheduled a Wednesday meeting to review the draft and set up a full House vote on it on Thursday.