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House Judiciary Committee Begins Impeachment Hearings

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A reference by Stanford professor Pamela Karlan to the president's youngest child during Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing drew swift and angry rebukes from President Trump's campaign and his spokeswoman. The panel, which has jurisdiction over drafting articles of impeachment, heard testimony from four constitutional scholars about the legal and historical underpinnings of the process.

Turley, however, dissented from his colleagues, arguing against trying to impeach Trump and saying he thinks the impeachment case would "collapse" and had insufficient evidence and proof.

Although the report excludes direct language prompting for the execution of the third presidential impeachment in USA history, it does allow for the next step to occur, hearings inside the Democrat lead House Judiciary Committee chaired by Rep.

Ahead of the hearing, Intelligence Committee Democrats released a report summarizing the findings in the investigation and stating that the inquiry had "uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election".

Turley was in the minority among the panel of constitutional law experts appearing for the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

The impeachment inquiry centers on a July 25 phone call Trump had with the president of Ukraine. Gaetz then cut her off and said, "You don't get to interrupt me on this time". "This impeachment would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president", his testimony continues.

Karlan invoked Barron's name during an exchange with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, when she was asked to compare the fears of the framers of the US Constitution to President Trump's behavior. Within the first 90 minutes of the hearing, Republicans forced roll call votes of the 41 members on the committee three times - once to try to force Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, to testify, once to postpone the hearings and a third time to force the so-called "whistleblower" to testify.

Karlan was joined at the hearing on Wednesday by Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University.

"I can not help but conclude that this president has attacked each of the Constitution's safeguards against establishing a monarchy in this country", he said.

"We're looking forward to making the Democrats pay the opportunity cost for this impeachment", he stated.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants have, until this point, been circumspect about their intentions, even as the party's impeachment inquiry heads into its final stages. The White House was invited to participate in the proceedings, but the White House counsel's office said earlier this week that it would, for all intents and purposes, boycott this initial step. If a majority of the committee's members agree to do so, they'll approve articles in the coming weeks and send them to the House floor for a vote.

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