(The New York Times) House Democrats moved quickly on Monday to bring their impeachment case against President Trump into the open saying they would forgo court battles with defiant witnesses and would vote this week on procedures to govern nationally televised hearings. Representative Adam B. Schiff the House Intelligence Committee chairman who is leading the inquiry said that Democrats would not wait to fight the Trump administration in court as it moves to block key witness testimony. Instead after Mr. Trumps former deputy national security adviser defied a subpoena he issued a warning: White House directives not to cooperate would only bolster the case that the president had abused his office and obstructed Congress. By the afternoon Speaker Nancy Pelosi added to that sense of urgency announcing that after weeks of private fact-finding the full House would vote on Thursday to initiate a public phase of the inquiry. That vote would establish rules for the public presentation of evidence and outline due process rights for Mr. Trump. It will be the first time all House lawmakers will be asked to go on record on the investigation since it began in September something Democrats had so far resisted. We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents prevent witness testimony disregard duly authorized subpoenas or continue obstructing the House of Representatives" Ms. Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues. Nobody is above the law."
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