House Dems Mull Creating Special Committee To Probe Trump-Ukraine Scandal

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: House Judiciary ranking member Jerry Nadler (D-NY)., speaks wit House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA), during a news conference held by House Democrats condemning the Trump Administrat... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: House Judiciary ranking member Jerry Nadler (D-NY)., speaks wit House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA), during a news conference held by House Democrats condemning the Trump Administration's targeting of the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing condition, in the US Capitol on June 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 24, 2019 8:47 a.m.

House Democratic leadership is considering whether to create a special committee that would probe President Trump’s alleged conversation with the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Joe Biden, Politico Playbook reported.

According to several sources who spoke to Playbook, House Democrats are moving in this direction because it would elevate the importance of the investigation and the committee would have to adhere to a specific deadline, a welcome restriction given there are only 32 days left in session for the House before the end of the year.

The creation of a committee is also reminiscent of an important past precedent for impeachment proceedings: The Watergate investigation had its own special committee, Playbook notes.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would get to choose who sits on the committee and would have jurisdiction over its operations.

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