U.S. Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut says the decision by House leadership to open impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump was the right thing to do, even if it hurts Democrats in the 2020 election.
“Behavior like this, particularly in the realm of refusing oversight and obstructing Congress, that is a damage so severe to the Republic, should it become precedent, that I thought even if it hurts us politically, even if it resulted in an acquittal in the Senate, which it most likely will, it was important to make that statement to history.”
Himes of Connecticut says it’s more than likely that the Intelligence Committee is done with open hearings in the investigation.
“Speaker Pelosi remains absolutely committed to getting this done quickly. And it’s obviously an unpredictable process. Everyday there are new facts that emerge. So I think she’s at the mercy of facts as anyone else. But I’ve talked to her any number of times. She is really hellbent on getting this wrapped up at the end of the year, first quarter, so we can move on to other things.”
He says the next steps will be for the committee to draft a report for the Judiciary Committee.