US House likely to begin public hearings on impeachment in Nov.

WASHINGTON, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said Friday she expects the House to start public hearings on the Dems-led impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump in November.

Speaking one day after the house voted for a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry, Pelosi insisted that there is no deadline to finish the investigation.

“I would assume there would be public hearings in November,” Bloomberg quoted her as saying.

The closed-door depositions of witnesses will continue as long as they are “productive,” she said, adding, “I don’t know what the timetable will be.” Pelosi also noted that Congress should pursue an impeachment inquiry regardless of its impact on financial markets.

“The markets have their own strength and their resilience,” she said.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that the Americans are sharply divided along partisan lines over whether President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, nearly 49 percent of Americans say the president should be impeached and removed from office, while 47 percent say he should not. That finding is almost identical to support for impeachment in a poll by The Post and the Schar School taken earlier in October.

On his part, Larry Kudlow – a financial analyst and director of the National Economic Council under Trump administration, said, “I think the impeachment story in fits and starts has hurt the stock market.” He noted that he read the transcript of Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine multiple times, but “there is no problem with it. There is no legal problem. There is no impeachable problem.” “There was never any quid pro quo,” he said, explaining that delays in US military aid to Ukraine were centered on getting Europe to shoulder more of the burden.

He called the impeachment process “unfair.” Yesterday, the House set a formal process for public hearings in an investigation of whether Trump used his office to pressure Ukraine to open a politically motivated investigation in exchange for releasing military aid.

Source: Kuwait News Agency