There are more Senate hearings scheduled to take place on Capitol Hill next week than in any other session in the last three decades, according to a Senate panel that is considering the possibility of stripping President Donald Trump of his powers.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Tuesday on a measure that would place a two-week hold on all impeachment proceedings against Trump, but the panel said it will likely be decided by late next week.
It would be the first time the Judiciary Committee has taken such action against a sitting president in the 21st century, and it would be rare.
The committee’s move would be unprecedented in that it would require a full Senate vote, rather than a simple majority, and could be challenged by Democratic senators who say the committee has no authority to take action.
But the committee, which is controlled by Republicans, has said it intends to hold hearings and votes to answer all questions and ensure the committee can provide a full accounting of the president’s impeachment proceedings.
It’s unclear how the committee would proceed if Trump is convicted, but it is expected that he would be removed from office as a result.
The panel’s move follows similar moves taken in recent months by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
Those committees are expected to vote by Monday on a separate measure to allow the House to impeach Trump.
The House passed the impeachment measure, known as the Impeachment Power Act, on July 21, but failed to advance the measure to the Senate.
That vote was later postponed until Wednesday.
The Senate Judiciary and Government Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote next Wednesday on the Impleachment Power act.
The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and he has said he will veto the bill if it is passed into law.
But Republicans have called for the impeachment bill to be brought up for a vote in the lame duck session of Congress.