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Schiff Memo to House Intelligence Committee Members re: Procedures for Impeachment Inquiry Hearings Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (11/12/2019)

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                                   November  12, 2019

To:    Committee  Members

Fr:    Chairman  Adam  Schiff

Re:    Procedures for Impeachment  Inquiry Hearings

       At 10:00 a.m. tomorrow-Wednesday, November 13, 2019-in Room 1100 of the
Longworth  House  Office Building, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold
its first of several open hearings as part of the public phase of the House of Representatives'
impeachment  inquiry. Like the depositions preceding them, these hearings will address subjects
of profound consequence for the Nation and the functioning of our government under the
Constitution. The House's inquiry into whether grounds exist for President Trump's
impeachment has been, and will continue to be, a sober and rigorous undertaking. The purpose
of this memo is to provide Committee Members with information regarding procedures to be
observed during the open hearings.

       The hearings will be conducted in a manner that ensures that all participants are treated
fairly and with respect, mindful of the solemn and historic task before us. The hearings will
therefore adhere to the Rules of the House and of the Committee, and to H. Res. 660, which
established the fonnat the Committee will use during the hearings. These procedures are
consistent with those governing prior impeachment proceedings and mirror those used under
Republican and Democratic House leadership for decades.

   *   Attendance and Participation. As provided by House Rule XI and H. Res. 660, only
       Members  of the Committee may participate in hearings conducted by the Committee.
       Although Members  who are not assigned to the Committee are not permitted to sit on the
       dais, make statements, or question witnesses, they may of course sit in the audience.
       Seating for non-Committee Members wishing to attend will be available.

   *   Decorum.  The Code of Official Conduct for Members of Congress requires that every
       Member  shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the
       House.2 As Chair, I will do my utmost during the hearings to safeguard the rights of the
       witnesses and all Members of the Committee, just as Committee Members should strive
       to conduct themselves with dignity, propriety, courtesy, and decorum.3

       ' See Rules of the House of Representatives, 116th Cong. Rule XI, Cl. 2(g)(2)(C) and 2(j)(2)(A) (Jan. 11,
2019) (House Rules); H. Res. 660, 116th Cong. § 2 (Oct. 31, 2019) (H. Res. 660).
       2 House Rule XXIII, Cl. 1.
       3 House Rule XI (4)(c).

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