FILE - In this July 26, 2019, file photo, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., prepares for a television news interview at the Capitol in Washington. While more than 130 House Democrats _ more than half of the caucus _ have come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to a tally by The Associated Press, those numbers don’t reflect the whole story. The number of Democrats who would actually vote to recommend articles of impeachment, at this point, is significantly smaller. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Judiciary panel to set rules for impeachment investigation

September 09, 2019 - 7:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will vote Thursday to establish rules for hearings on impeachment, escalating the panel's investigations of President Donald Trump.

The resolution is a technical step toward Trump's impeachment, but the panel would still have to introduce impeachment articles against Trump and win approval from the House.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged caution on impeachment, saying the public doesn't yet support taking that step against Trump.

The resolution sets rules for the committee's hearings, empowers staff to question witnesses, allows some evidence to remain private and permits the president's counsel to respond to some of the testimony. The resolution is similar to procedural votes taken at the beginning of the impeachment investigations into Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.