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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Scalise, Cole Introduce Rules Change To Allow All Members Access To Committee Proceedings Related To Impeachment

October 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after he introduced a rule change with Rules Committee Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-Okla.), H. Res. 639, the Open and Transparent Impeachment Investigation Resolution, to allow all Members of Congress access to ongoing impeachment proceedings, including depositions and transcribed interviews.

“The stakes are too high for Chairman Schiff and Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment proceedings to continue in secret. The American people’s elected representatives have been denied access to relevant documents and the opportunity to attend depositions and transcribed interviews. Chairman Schiff wants to impeach President Trump behind closed doors and clearly has no intention of conducting a fair and open process. We demand transparency. For the sake of our republic, Members of Congress must have access to proceedings with such monumental and dangerous consequences. Will House Democrats respect precedent and commit to transparency? Or will Speaker Pelosi continue to hold her sham impeachment inquiry in secret?”

Background on H.Res. 639, the Open and Transparent Impeachment Investigation Resolution:

  • Allows all Members of Congress non-participatory access to committee proceedings related to Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry.
  • Includes Member access to transcribed interviews and depositions.

Text of the resolution here