With Democrats grabbing control of the House of Representatives, Rep. Jerry Nadler will become the chairman of the Judiciary Committee - and could preside over impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump.
Several other Jewish members of Congress are expected to take over key committees such as foreign affairs and the panel that allocates spending.
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Nadler has been highly critical of the conduct of Trump and his staff (including senior advisor/son-in-law Jared Kushner). But last year, he urged Democrats last year to hold off the impeachment process.
Nadler told Politico last year that those pushing for expelling Trump need to make sure they persuade at least some of his supporters.
“If you are actually going to remove a president from office, you are in effect nullifying the last election. Certainly the people who voted for him will think you’re nullifying the election,” Nadler said. “It’s OK to do that. It may be necessary to do that - as long as you have persuaded a sufficient fraction of the president’s former supporters, the people who voted for him, that you have to, that it’s necessary.”
But by May, Nadler said that Trump was starting to act guilty. He told WNYC that the president’s criticisms of special counsel Robert Mueller were “another act in an ongoing obstruction of justice. It’s not only an intimidation, but this is going off on a complete tangent.”
A number of members of Congress have already filed articles of impeachment against Trump. The first to do so was Rep. Brad Sherman, who represents Los Angeles areas like Sherman Oaks and Northridge.
In addition to Nadler’s promotion, there are several other Jewish Democratic members of Congress who will also rise to control important committees.
Prominent Trump critic Adam Schiff, also from Southern California, will run the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Nita Lowey of New York’s Rockland County will chair the Appropriations Committee, the powerful body that regulates where and how government money is spent; Elliot Engel of the Bronx and Westchester County will control the Foreign Relations Committee; John Yarmuth of Kentucky will take charge of the Budget Committee; and Ted Deutch of South Florida will lead the Ethics Committee.
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