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IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY PROCEDURES The Committee on the Judiciary states the following procedures applicable to the presentation of evidence in the impeachment inquiry pursuant to H. Res. 803, subject to modification by the Committee as it deems proper as the presentation proceeds.
A. The Committee shall receive from Committee counsel at a hearing an initial presentation consisting of (i) a written statement detailing, in paragraph form, information believed by the staff to be pertinent to the inquiry, (ii) a general description of the scope and manner of the presentation of evidence, and (iii) a detailed presentation of the evidentiary material, other than the testimony of witnesses.
1. Each Member of the Committee shall receive a copy of (i) the statement of information, (ii) the related documents and other evidentiary material, and (iii) an index of all testimony, papers, and things that have been obtained by the Committee, whether or not relied upon in the statement of information.
2. Each paragraph of the statement of information shall be annotated to related evidentiary material (e.g., documents, recordings and transcripts thereof, transcripts of grand jury or congressional testimony, or affidavits). Where applicable, the annotations will identify witnesses believed by the staff to be sources of additional information important to the Committee's understanding of the subject matter of the paragraph in question.
3. On the commencement of the presentation, each Member of the Committee and full Committee staff, majority and minority, as designated by the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member, shall be given access to and the opportunity to examine all testimony, papers and things that have been obtained by the inquiry staff, whether or not relied upon in the statement of information.
4. The President's counsel shall be furnished a copy of the statement of information and related documents and other evidentiary material at the time that those materials are furnished to the Members and the President and his counsel shall be invited to attend and observe the presentation.
B. Following that presentation the Committee shall determine whether it desires additional evidence, after opportunity for the following has been provided:
1. Any Committee Member may bring additional evidence to the Committee's attention.
2. The President's counsel shall be invited to respond to the presentation, orally or in writing as shall be determined by the Committee.
3. Should the President's counsel wish the Committee to receive additional testimony or other evidence, he shall be invited to submit written requests and precise summaries of what he would propose to show, and in the case of a witness precisely and in detail what it is expected the testimony of the witness would be, if called. On the basis of such requests and summaries and of the record then before it, the Committee shall determine whether the suggested
evidence is necessary or desirable to a full and fair record in the inquiry, and, if so, whether the summaries shall be accepted as part of the record or additional testimony or evidence in some other form shall be received.
C. If and when witnesses are to be called, the following additional procedures shall be applicable to hearings held for that purpose:
1. The President and his counsel shall be invited to attend all hearings, including any held in executive session.
2. Objections relating to the examination of witnesses or to the admissibility of testimony and evidence may be raised only by a witness or his counsel, a Member of the Committee, Committee counsel or the President's counsel and shall be ruled upon the Chairman or presiding Member. Such rulings shall be final, unless overruled by a vote of a majority of the Members present. In the case of a tie vote, the ruling of the Chair shall prevail.
3. Committee Counsel shall commence the questioning of each witness and may also be permitted by the Chairman or presiding Member to question a witness at any point during the appearance of the witness.
4. The President's counsel may question any witness called before the Committee, subject to instructions from the Chairman or presiding Member respecting the time, scope and duration of the examination.
D. The Committee shall determine, pursuant to the Rules of the House, whether and to what extent the evidence to be presented shall be received in executive session.
E. Any portion of the hearings open to the public may be covered by television broadcast, radio broadcast, still photography, or by any of such methods of coverage in accord with the Rules of the House and the Rules of Procedure of the Committee as amended on November 13, 1973.
F. The Chairman shall make public announcement of the date, time, place and subject matter of any Committee hearing as soon as practicable and in no event less than twenty-four hours before the commencement of the hearing.
G. The Chairman is authorized to promulgate additional procedures as he deems necessary for the fair and efficient conduct of Committee hearings held pursuant to H. Res. 803, provided that the additional procedures are not inconsistent with these Procedures, the Rules of the Committee, and the Rules of the House. Such procedures shall govern the conduct of the hearings, unless overruled by a vote of a majority of the Members present.
H. For purposes of hearings held pursuant to these rules, a quorum shall consist of ten Members of the Committee.
RESOLUTION OFFERED BY MR. DONOHUE
Resolved, That Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors, and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the Senate:
Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of all of the people of the United States of America, against Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.
In his conduct of the office of President, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of the President and to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed and impeded the administration of justice in that:
On June 17, 1972, and prior thereto, agents of the Committee to Reelect the President committed illegal entry of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. for the purpose of securing political intelligence. Subsequent thereto, Richard M. Nixon, using the powers of his high office, has made it his continuing policy to act, and in furtherance of that policy, did act, directly and personally and through his close subordinates and agents to delay, impede, and obstruct the investigation of such illegal entry; to cover up and conceal the identity of those responsible; and, to cover up and to conceal the existence and scope of related unlawful covert activities.
The means used to implement this policy have included one or more of the following or others:
(1) Making false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the Government of the United States or in duly instituted judicial proceedings.
(2) Approving, condoning, acquiescing in, and counseling witnesses to give false or misleading statements to investigative officers or false or misleading testimony in duly instituted judicial and congressional proceedings.
(3) Interfering with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.
(4) Approving and concealing the payment of money for the purpose of obtaining the silence of participants in the illegal entry into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and other illegal activities. (5) Endeavoring to misuse the Central Intelligence Agency.