by Summer Concepcion · December 4, 2019
House Democrats reportedly held a closed-door meeting in the moments before the House Judiciary Committee began its first impeachment hearing Wednesday morning.
According to a CNN report, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) said that after the meeting, Democratic lawmakers took up House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) request to keep the discussion secret “because it’s family stuff.”
“You know, you’ve got your own family, you want to discuss things, you want to throw people out that don’t belong there,” Pascrell told CNN. “Nothing serious.”
CNN reported that staffers weren’t allowed in the meeting and members were banned from bringing their cell phones into the room.
Pascrell also told CNN that House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) briefed members on the committee’s impeachment report released Tuesday and that Schiff “made the right decisions” on the impeachment process.
When pressed on next steps, Pascrell confidently told CNN that Democrats are “going to vote to impeach” and that “if the evidence is there, we will vote.” Pascrell added that “there is no anxiety” despite how Democrats are “not happy we’re at this point or doing this” but that “it’s got to be done.”
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) told CNN that Democrats kept the meeting confidential because “we’re at a really critical moment” and that they’re “going to be very thoughtful about how we move forward” given the House Intelligence’s impeachment report that contains “the fact that the facts stack up so tall against the President and his behavior.”
talkingpointsmemo.com · by Summer Concepcion · December 4, 2019