Ahead of the first US impeachment hearing of the Trump administration, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing lawmakers to start the impeachment process on Tuesday.
The bill was introduced by Representative Eric Swalwell of California, who is the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“Impeachment is about doing what’s right and preserving the Constitution,” Swalco said on Wednesday.
“We’re not going to start with impeachment proceedings.
We’re going to go to impeachment, and we’re going see what happens.”
On Tuesday, the House voted 237-180 to approve the bill.
On Wednesday, the Senate will hold a final vote before the bill can be considered by the full House.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has already called the impeachment hearings a “trial balloon” designed to create a public relations disaster for President Donald Trump, said on Twitter on Tuesday that the bill is not necessary to start impeachment proceedings, saying that the Senate can begin impeachment proceedings without the bill in the first place.
“Congress has the power to impeach a president for any reason,” Ryan said.
“The Senate has the authority to convict.”
The legislation will allow the House to begin impeachment hearings by issuing subpoenas to the president and other senior officials and then issuing them a “finding” on impeachment, Swalwe said.
The House could then move on to the Senate to decide whether to recommend that impeachment be brought about, and the president could then decide whether or not to proceed with impeachment.
Swalway said that it is unlikely that the US government will collapse as a result of the impeachment proceedings because of the president’s lack of support from his own party.
“I would expect that the Democrats would not try to do anything to derail this process,” Swallwell said.
However, Swallway added that the House bill would not be a constitutional coup, and said it would not end the impeachment debate, but instead would merely give the House the opportunity to vote to impeak the president.
“This is not about impeaching the president,” Swallow said.
Swallof said that if the House passes the impeachment bill, it will send a message to the other members of Congress who will be able to vote for impeachment, saying, “We have this power.
This is the power that we have.”
Swalways bill is the latest in a series of impeachment attempts by Democrats in the US.
In March, Democrats in Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House Democratic caucus, introduced the Impeachment Plots Act, which would have allowed the House and Senate to impeal Trump if they wanted to.
Pelosi, who was the top leader of House Democrats when impeachment proceedings began in 2005, was replaced by Nancy Klick, who had never held elected office before becoming the speaker of the United States House.
However in November, Democrats voted to impeached the Trump presidency for breaking the law.
The impeachment hearings are currently scheduled to start on Monday.