Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Read Pamela Karlan’s full opening statement in Trump impeachment hearing

Read Pamela Karlan’s full opening statement in Trump impeachment hearing

"If we are to keep faith with the Constitution and our republic, President Trump must be held to account", Karlan testified.

In a theatrical, contentious hearing of the House Judiciary Committee - now tasked with weighing impeachment charges against the president - lawmakers listened to damning testimony from constitutional law professors who said Trump's conduct rises to that level.

"I don't think the trial in the Senate is likely to be anything but a circus and a partisan experience", said Card, "and I doubt that President Trump would be removed from office". The Democratic witnesses seem convinced that Trump needs to be impeached, and one of them, University of North Carolina Law professor Michael Gerhardt, will go so far as to say what Trump has done has been "worse than the misconduct of any prior president", his opening statement says.

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"No misconduct is more antithetical to our democracy, and nothing injures the American people more than a president who uses his power to weaken their authority under the Constitution as well as the authority of the Constitution itself".

Then-president-elect Donald Trump calls out to media as he and former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, November 20, 2016, in Bedminster, New Jersey. This continued solicitation of foreign interference in a US election presents a clear and present danger that the President will continue to use the power of his office for his personal political gain.

One of the scholars told Wednesday's hearing that Trump had perpetrated one of the gravest political transgressions in U.S. history. "Put simply, a president should resist foreign interference in our elections, not demand it and not welcome it".

However, an aide to a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for drafting the impeachment articles, countered that this possibility was off the table.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to Nadler on Sunday informing him that the White House won't partake in the hearing. Republicans called Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, to appear.

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Turley, who also testified during Bill Clinton's impeachment in 1998, argued there is "no evidence" that Trump "acted with the corrupt intent required for obstruction of justice".

"This report chronicles a scheme by the president of the United States to coerce an ally, Ukraine, that is at war with an adversary, Russia, into doing the president's political dirty work", Schiff said on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

That panel now has the responsibility of reviewing the compiled evidence and deciding whether to draw articles of impeachment against the president.

Collins says "this is not impeachment, this is a simple railroad job".

Collins faced a scolding, however, from one of the professors when he insinuated that they have not followed the twists and turns of the impeachment process.

Republicans on the intelligence committee released their own report a day earlier, which defended Trump's decision to withhold the aid to Ukraine - saying it was based on reasonable skepticism due to the country's history of corruption.

"Soliciting itself is the impeachable offense", she said.

Four legal experts offered differing opinions Wednesday as to whether President Donald Trump's refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry is grounds for an obstruction case.

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