As American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson speculated, the impeachment resolution the House will vote on this Thursday does little to change the procedures the House is already following in its hearings on impeachment.
Some highlights as I understand them:
a) Adam Schiff’s committee shall have at least one open hearing; other committees are not required to hold open hearings.
b) The ranking minority member of Adam Schiff’s committee shall have equal time as Schiff to question a witness. It’s not clear whether time will be granted if Schiff chooses not to ask any questions himself.
c) Gerry Nadler’s committee will post rules that allow the “president and his council” to attend hearings. It’s not clear whether the president can send his council alone or whether other committees will allow the president and/or council to attend their hearings.
d) the ranking minority members of Schiff’s and Nadler’s committees may request subpoenas and witnesses, but have no independent authority to issue subpoenas or invite witnesses.
I’d say item c) is the only thing new, although presumably all the committees already have the authority to permit president’s council to attend hearings.
It will be interesting to see what the talking head lawyers have to say about the resolution on TV tonight.