Ruppersberger Votes in Favor of Open Hearings in Impeachment Inquiry
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today voted in favor of H.Res. 660, which provides the rules for open impeachment hearings and authorizes the public release of deposition transcripts. The resolution also establishes procedures for the transfer of evidence to the House Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for President Trump and his attorneys in Judiciary Committee proceedings. The resolution passed the House of Representatives 232-196.
“For weeks, my Republican colleagues have complained about transparency and process, baselessly suggesting that the inquiry is invalid because there has been no vote to begin one and disingenuously claiming that they have been shut out of hearings,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “This vote removes all doubt about our commitment to an investigation that is fair and as open as possible. I am pleased that the American public will hear directly from witnesses in an open setting.”
“This vote should also eliminate any justification by the President and his Administration to withhold key documents, prevent witnesses from cooperating and defy subpoenas.”
Throughout the investigation, minority members have been allowed to attend all hearings. They have been given equal time to question witnesses and equal access to testimony transcripts. That will continue under H. Res 660, which offers President Trump the same due process protections that were afforded to Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The President may attend hearings, question witnesses, raise objections and propose his own evidence.