Stanford law professor lights up House impeachment hearing

The House released a sweeping impeachment report outlining evidence of what it calls Trump’s wrongdoing toward Ukraine. The findings will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the 45th president should be removed from office

"I am concerned about lowering impeachment standards to fit a paucity of evidence and abundance of anger", Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University and a Republican-called witness, told the panel.

"As for the hearing scheduled for December 4, we can not fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings", Cipollone told the committee.

President Trump either did everything wrong or not much at all, depending on who you ask.

Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, agreed.

The Democratic-written impeachment report by the House Intelligence Committee lays out evidence that Trump was trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, effectively intervening in the upcoming 2020 USA election.

Four law school professors are giving lessons on American history and presidential politics as they testify in the House impeachment inquiry.

"The list of impeachable offenses the Framers included in the Constitution shows that the essence of an impeachable offense is a president's decision to sacrifice the national interest for his own private ends", Karlan will say. Trump, the 45th President of the United States - acting personally and through his agents within and outside of the USA government - solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 US presidential election.

But Noah Feldman, a constitutional law expert from Harvard Law School, disagreed with Turley, criticizing Trump's lack of cooperation with the inquiry.

On Tuesday, Texas congressman John Ratcliffe said there was no surprise over the House Intelligence Committee's recently released report, which accuses President Trump of misusing his position in office.

In London for NATO's 70th anniversary summit on Tuesday, Trump dismissed the impeachment proceedings as a hoax.

He also falsely accused Schiff of making up a conversation between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, suggesting the Democrat would "be thrown in a jail" were it not for Congressional privileges.

Karlan also squarely asserted that Trump's alleged effort to withhold military aid until Ukraine committed to investigating Biden was grounds for removal - even though the aid was eventually delivered.

Based on two months of investigation, the report contains evidence and testimony from current and former US officials. A columnist at Bloomberg Opinion, he has argued that Democrats should avoid legalism in their impeachment arguments - which would "consist of the idea that Trump's conduct can best be condemned by identifying a specific legal rule and showing that he violated it" - and he wrote a piece called "Trump's Quid Pro Quo Is Unconstitutional".

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says the House "cannot wait for the election to address the present crisis" as the committee holds its first hearing to consider impeaching President Donald Trump.

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY says that if Congress doesn't hold Trump in check now, he "will nearly certainly try again to solicit interference in the election for his personal political gain".

The committee is deciding whether to write articles of impeachment after a House investigation concluded that Trump misused the power of his office for personal political gain when he urged Ukraine's president to investigate U.S. Democrats.



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