Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday night that his committee’s investigation represented “formal impeachment proceedings” against President Donald Trump.
The House Judiciary chairman also said on CNN that articles of impeachment could be sent to the House floor by the end of the year.
CNN host Erin Burnett asked Nadler about Democrats in the House who may not want to vote for an “impeachment inquiry” but would vote for impeachment itself.
But Nadler suggested it was just a matter of semantics and began to explain his committee’s investigations into Trump.
“In your mind, you’re saying this is exactly the same as what we all call formal impeachment proceedings by another name?” Burnett asked.
“This is formal impeachment proceedings,” Nadler replied, emphasizing the “is.”
“We are investigating all the evidence, we’re gathering the evidence, and we will at the conclusion of this ― hopefully by the end of the year ― vote articles of impeachment to the House floor, or we won’t. That’s a decision that we’ll have to make. But that’s exactly the process we’re in right now.”
He said articles of impeachment have been drafted, but they may or may not match any final documents that are submitted ― if they are submitted ― at the conclusion of the investigation.
Nadler also offered a timeline of what’s coming next, with witnesses appearing before the committee in September and October