"The Congressional Progressive Caucus strongly endorses the House Judiciary Committee's current formal impeachment investigation and the adoption of the Resolution of Investigative Procedures", a statement from the lawmakers' group reads, reports The Washington Post. "The unprecedented corruption, coverup, and crimes by the President are under investigation by the Committee as we determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment or other Article 1 remedies".
An impeachment resolution against Trump was referred to the Judiciary Committee in February, three months after Democrats won control of the House in November 2018.
"Democrats spent August pretending the House has authorized an impeachment Inquiry, and now Democrats will spend Thursday pretending to establish new rules to govern it ... and hoping nobody catches on", he tweeted Monday evening.
Democrats have been divided over whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump. The Committee subpoenaed Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn, who also witnessed President Trump's repeated obstruction, for the same hearing. Despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's public comments supporting the panel's investigation, privately she has told members that the issue is a loser without strong public sentiment.
Rep. Justin Amash of MI, a former Republican-turned-independent, has also called for impeachment proceedings, raising the number of representatives in favor of launching the process to 135.
Evidence may be received in closed executive session. During the 1970s Watergate scandal and the Lewinsky saga of the 1990s, the House Judiciary Committee took similar steps towards defining the procedures it would use in examining whether to impeach the president.
The president remains the subject of investigations from a number of congressional committees, including the House Intelligence Committee and House Oversight Committee.
Of the 235 Democrats in the House, at least 134 to date have signaled their support for starting the impeachment inquiry process, according to CNN. Though it sounds inconsequential, including the smaller, nimbler subcommittees in the inquiry would allow Democrats to speed up their work or steer less significant witnesses to the smaller panels.
If the committee approves the new resolution on Thursday, the more aggressive questioning format would be in place for a September 17 hearing at which Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is scheduled to testify, along with former Trump White House aides Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn.
"The committee has intensified its investigation", a Democratic committee aide said.
With the Russia-Trump-collusion narrative having gone into full retreat, Democrats have begun to focus more on the president's business dealings, including the question of whether state and foreign dignitaries staying at Trump hotels and resorts violate constitutional rules for emoluments. If he can not respect the Constitution, we'll have to deal with that. Ocasio-Cortez has said that Republicans against Trump's impeachment should have to go on the record with a vote.
"In the past few weeks, we've seen more and more representatives publicly come out in favor of impeachment".
"Only through impeachment", he added, "can we make it clear that Trump is not above the law".