House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Monday that articles of impeachment could be filed later in the fall or during the later part of the year, depending on court decisions and other factors that have yet to be returned.
"The calendar is whatever it is," Rep. Nadler told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," after he was asked if the current congressional recess could cause too many delays. "We can't let the election calendar dictate. I think we will probably get court decisions by the end of October, maybe shortly thereafter. We'll have hearings with November and October with people not dependent on the court proceedings. We'll do it through the fall. If we decide to report articles of impeachment, we could get it late in the fall, later part of the year."
Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller's report and testimony to Congress demonstrated claims of exoneration as "flat out lies," said Nadler, and now his committee is pursuing factual witnesses.
"We've gone to court to get the grand jury materials and we are going to court [Monday] and [Tuesday] to get and force [Don] McGahn, the former White House counsel to respect our subpoena," Nadler said. "Once we win that, we'll win all the other subpoenas because they are the same legal questions. We will have public hearings which we will have where they say the president told me this or that. It is a summary of evidence in public hearings of the American people. Then we'll see about the conclusions."
Nadler said he also believes Americans support impeachment, and if the House Democrats can show Trump should be impeached, "then we'll defeat a lot of Republican senators. If the American people don't support it, then maybe you don't vote the impeachment. You have to have public support."
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