Rep. Sewell Votes in Support of Resolution to Provide for Public Hearings in the Ongoing Impeachment Inquiry of President Trump
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) today voted to support H. Res. 660, a resolution that establishes the format for public hearings that will be conducted by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry and authorizes the public release of the Intelligence Committee’s deposition transcripts.
“From the outset, the Intelligence Committee has been committed to following the facts surrounding President Trump’s phone call with the President of Ukraine in which, by his own admission, Trump asked a foreign leader to initiate an investigation into a political rival. Today’s vote reinforces our commitment to holding the President to account for what increasingly appears to be an extreme abuse of his presidential power,” Sewell said. “The Committee has collected extensive evidence and testimony, and remains committed to pressing forward to expose the truth to the American people.”
In its investigation so far, the Intelligence Committee has uncovered a substantial amount of evidence showing President Trump betrayed his oath of office and the American people, including: The President’s own words in the call record released by the White House, Ambassador Volker’s text messages, testimonies provided by several witnesses, witness opening statements released publicly, including that of Ambassador Bill Taylor and Colonel Alexander Vindman, and the public admission of a quid pro quo by White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
The resolution also establishes procedures for the transfer of evidence by the Intelligence Committee to the Judiciary Committee as it considers potential articles of impeachment, and sets forth due process rights for the President and his counsel in the Judiciary Committee proceedings. In doing so, the resolution affirms the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry by directing the committees to continue their ongoing investigations under the umbrella of the inquiry to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach President Trump.
The resolution is available here.