Committee grills Republican, Democratic counsels as vote nears in impeachment inquiry

Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON (WFLA) – The House Judiciary continued its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump on Monday.

Here’s what happened:

6:40 p.m. – Rep. Nadler and Rep. Collins have wrapped up their closing statements. Monday’s hearing has ended.


6:30 p.m. – The committee has finished its five-minute question sessions. Rep. Nadler and Rep. Collins are delivering their closing statements.


3:10 p.m. – Break is over and committee members are continuing their questioning of Castor and Goldman.

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas)

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.)

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)

Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Penn.)

Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.)

Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.)

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Penn.)

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)


2:45 p.m. – Rep. Nadler called for a break after one member of the committee questioned the counsels.


2:30 p.m. – The committee has voted to not take a break. Committee members will now get five minutes each to question Goldman and Castor.


1:38 p.m. – The Democrats have wrapped their questioning and the Republicans are now asking Castor and Goldman questions.

Rep. Collins got into a heated back-and-forth with Goldman over Rep. Devin Nunes’ phone number being found among subpoenaed phone records. Collins pressed Goldman, asking who was looking for Nunes’ number among the records.


12:50 p.m. – Castor and Goldman are now being questioned by the Democratic leadership and Democratic counsel.


Noon – After a brief break, the committee is hearing from Castor again. Castor is also serving as the Minority Counsel for the House Intelligence Committee.

You can watch Castor’s second statement here:


10:43 a.m. – Daniel Goldman, Democratic Counsel for the House Intel Committee, delivered his opening statement after Castor.

You can watch Goldman’s full statement here:

10:10 a.m. – Judiciary Committee Minority Counsel Stephen Castor delivered his opening statement next, arguing that the Democrats do not have proof.

You can watch Castor’s full statement here:


9:40 a.m. – Judiciary Committee Majority Counsel Barry Berke delivered his opening statement first. In his statement, Berke argued that President Trump left “no choice” but to act and move forward with impeachment.

You can watch Berke’s full statement here:


9 a.m. – Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) started Monday’s hearing at 9:07 a.m.

The hearing will feature testimony from Democratic and Republican counsels for the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, who will be making the case for or against impeachment.

The counsels will present evidence gathered from weeks of hearings by the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. The attorney for Intelligence will likely discuss related to the Ukraine scandal while the Judiciary counsel will address obstruction of justice.


Join host J.B. Biunno and political reporter Evan Donovan beginning at 8:45 a.m. ET for a breakdown on the impeachment inquiry and what you can expect in today’s public hearings.

The hearing is the first since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would pursue articles of impeachment. Democrats look to have the full chamber vote before Christmas.

Last week, three legal professors argued that Trump’s conduct in his dealings with Ukraine was evidence of impeachable offenses. A fourth professor said that Democrats did not have enough evidence to impeach the president and were moving too quickly.

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