The five-page measure also sets procedures for reviewing sensitive material, including grand jury evidence in closed-door sessions.
A senior staffer with a House Judiciary committee member said Pelosi and Nadler had always been at odds over whether to move forward with the impeachment inquiry and that some within the caucus had grown frustrated with the speaker for not moving more swiftly.
Said Nadler, whose panel is not stocked with Democrats who favor an impeachment inquiry: 'No one is above the law.
In a resolution that stopped short of terming the probe an "impeachment inquiry", Nadler described the ongoing probe as an effort to "determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment" against the President.
"The adoption of these additional procedures is the next step in that process and will help ensure our impeachment hearings are informative to Congress and the public, while providing the president with the ability to respond to evidence presented against him", Nadler said this week. We can't wait any longer while Trump continues to abuse the presidency to enrich himself, obstruct justice and enact hateful policies that target millions of Americans.
House Democrats are continuing to probe any possible ties between President Trump and Russian Federation, even though he was cleared by former special prosecutor Robert Mueller of conspiring with agents of that country prior to the 2016 election.
For example, there could be hearings covering "startling" new evidence regarding potential violations of the emoluments clause that prohibits self-enrichment, such as a move by Trump to host next year's G-7 summit at his Doral, Fla., resort and Vice President Pence's recent stay at a Trump resort in Ireland, committee aides said.
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Currently, the House of Representatives is controlled by Democrats, although Democratic lawmakers are still divided over the issue of impeachment.
Nadler noted in his statement that Trump stands credibly accused of abusing his power in a number of ways that have nothing to do with the Mueller investigation into the president's 2016 campaign.
But the approach has been criticized by Republicans for avoiding a precedent from the Nixon and Clinton eras, when formal impeachment inquiries were authorized by the full House.
It also shows the growing divide between progressives pushing for impeachment and moderateDemocrats in the House and their leadership, which is largely opposed to any formal action now.
This time, Democrats have steered clear of a House vote that could prove risky for Democratic freshmen from swing districts where impeachment is unpopular with many voters.
For much of the year, Nadler has focused on Mueller's findings, including evidence that Trump sought to impede the special counsel's probe.
"Judiciary Democrats are trying to pull a fast one on Americans", Representative Doug Collins, the panel's top Republican, said in a message on Twitter.