Members of the Special Investigating Committee on Impeachment reviewed page-by-page a draft of their report on a resolution impeaching Gov. Benigno R. Fitial for 18 allegations of corruption, felony, and neglect of duty during a four-hour closed-door meeting that wrapped up around 6pm last night.
The committee, chaired by Rep. Tony Sablan (IR-Saipan), will continue its review of the 51-page draft report this morning and tomorrow afternoon.
Rep. Edmund Villagomez (Cov-Saipan), a committee member, said they were able to cover some 20 pages of the 51-page draft report during yesterday's review, although members kept going back to some of the pages.
House Speaker Joe Deleon Guerrero (IR-Saipan) separately said that once the committee report is finalized and signed the panel members, it will then have to be filed with the House clerk.
Deleon Guerrero, main author of the impeachment resolution, said the full House vote on the resolution may happen on Friday afternoon or Monday, depending on the committee review and finalization of its report.
Sablan said the working draft report has a section citing the constitutional authority of the Legislature to carry out the impeachment process, history of the impeachment process, the rules adopted by the impeachment panel, procedures, a discussion of the 18 articles and their groupings based on the nature of the allegations, findings of fact, subpoenaed document, the committee's vote on each of the 18 articles, and recommendations.
The governor can be impeached and convicted on any one of the 18 allegations.