With public hearings on impeachment scheduled for next week, Democrats have an end date in mind for House impeachment hearings.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) stated that he believes the House’s role in the impeachment of President Donald Trump will be wrapped up around Christmas, Breitbart reported.
Just About Over
The proceedings in the House are moving along rather quickly. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) already has his witness list put together and Republicans have already submitted their list to him for approval.
Between both lists so far, there are about a dozen witnesses, and Schiff will surely eliminate a few of the witnesses from the Republicans’ list. For instance, it is unlikely he will allow the whistleblower to testify.
Additionally, Hunter Biden and his business partner, Devon Archer, are also both on the Republicans’ list, not to mention Schiff himself. But it is highly unlikely Schiff will allow the son of the Democrat frontrunner in the primary questioned before Congress.
So, with less than a dozen witnesses likely to appear, there is no reason Congress should not be able to get this wrapped up in the next six weeks.
Asked by CNN’s “New Day” host John Berman whether the year-end timeline for impeachment is reasonable, Khanna stated, “I do. I think the evidence is overwhelming. We need a few key witnesses. I think the American people will understand how blatant this effort was. And we should wrap this up before the end of the year.”
What Happens Next?
Once the House finishes their investigation and puts the impeachment to a vote, it will head to the Senate IF it passes.
A trial in the Senate is expected to take about six to eight weeks. That would begin as soon as the Senate comes back in session after the holiday break.
The really interesting thing here is that if that is the timeline, six 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including two of the frontrunners, would be required to be in D.C. six days a week rather than being out on the campaign trail.
This is important because the timeframe would have them off the campaign trail leading right into Super Tuesday, effectively ending all of their campaigns.
Oddly enough, the effort to impeach Trump could also clear the way for an easy nomination for Biden, something Democrat leadership is clearly promoting.