Schiff to handle impeachment witness testimony in break from precedent

Democrats will hold public hearings with key impeachment investigation witnesses in the House Intelligence Committee, multiple congressional sources tell Yahoo News.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., released a statement after Yahoo News first reported this news confirming that “open hearings … will be conducted by the House Intelligence Committee as part of the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry.”

Under past precedent in 1974 and 1998 — the last two times the House conducted an impeachment inquiry — the House Judiciary Committee was the hub for investigations, hearings and a committee vote on articles of impeachment.

However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has reportedly been underwhelmed by the handling of Trump-related hearings by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, for some time, culminating with the embarrassing testimony of former Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski.