House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., will on Wednesday pick up the baton from his Intelligence Committee counterpart Adam Schiff., D-Calif., as the House’s impeachment inquiry moves to the next step -- but it is a far cry for Nadler from 1998, when he warned that an impeachment would “overturn the popular will of the voters.”
The Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on impeachment Wednesday, following the release of the Intelligence Committee’s report Tuesday into Trump’s alleged efforts to have Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and alleged interference by Ukraine in the 2016 election.
Democrats, including Nadler, have supported the push toward impeachment, arguing that Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was part of a quid pro quo for politically-motivated investigations in exchange for military funding.
But during the 1998 Clinton impeachment hearings, Nadler struck a very different tone, arguing that impeachment should be avoided unless it has a bipartisan flavor -- something the current impeachment inquiry lacks.
Nadler maintained he has been consistent in both cases -- calling in 1998 and the present day for the committee to first review the documents, acknowledging in both cases concerns about the release of grand jury materials to the general public.