WASHINGTON, D.C. (SPECTRUM NEWS) - With Congress gone from Capitol Hill for the next 14 days, the House Democrats impeachment inquiry rolls into its second week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will be practicing patience with their ongoing investigations into President Trump.
“They will take the time that they need to get the information, to try to bring people together by a stipulation of fact that this happened rather than resistance because it is the president of the United States,” said Pelosi.
The tipping point — an anonymous whistleblower complaint against Trump alleging he abused his power by asking the president of Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden during a July phone call.
Georgetown law professor M. Tia Johnson says the whistleblower’s concerns didn’t stop at the phone call.
“The phone call was part of a larger scheme involving Rudy Guiliani and others approaching the Ukraine government and Ukrainian officials to try to get them to reinvigorate this investigation of Joe Biden’s son so we cannot look at the phone call as a stand-alone. So what I see, what I anticipate happening is now the committees will follow those other threads and there are so many other threads,” said Johnson.
Those six House committees are continuing separate investigations into Trump and his team. Out of Wisconsin’s seven representatives, Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman, Bryan Steil, Ron Kind, and Gwen Moore are sitting members on five of those committees.
Ron Kind is the only Wisconsin Democrat to not publicly support this impeachment inquiry. All three Republicans are against it, some concerned it could thwart legislative progress on the Hill.
“I think a lot of people are frustrated with the Democrats attempt to continue to investigate, to work toward impeachment rather than addressing what are the real issues facing Americans,” said Rep. Bryan Steil.
But Professor Johnson says it appears Speaker Pelosi wants to do both, which is why she didn’t shift resources to create a new select committee to handle the investigation.
“That’s always been her position: we’re going to legislate, we’re going to investigate and litigate where we need to,” said Johnson.
Although the House of Representatives launched the impeachment inquiry, the Senate won’t be left out of the investigations. The Senate unanimously voted to approve the release of the complaint. The Senate Intel Committee is looking to interview the whistleblower.