What to expect on impeachment following release of brutal Intel report

04 Décembre, 2019, 22:41 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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A top DC law professor warned the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that lawmakers shouldn't oust a sitting president just because they are angry.

The President spent Tuesday in a series of meetings headlined by a clash with a key ally - France - while praising an alliance member many other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are concerned about - Turkey.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says that even though House Democrats have yet to prove an impeachable offense by President Trump, they are recognizing that the impeachment inquiry will have negative repercussions for the party in next year's elections. Later when the two leaders were face to face, Macron refused to back down, saying he stood by his comments.

Trump said Tuesday that he was not focused on impeachment while overseas but also spent portions of his busy day telling members of the press that the inquiry was a "hoax" and sharing several tweets about impeachment.

Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Gaetz said Democrats will be held accountable for continuing to prioritize removing the president from office rather than helping the American people with meaningful legislation.

After opening statements from Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the witnesses will be sworn in and give opening statements of 10 minutes apiece, followed by questioning. Democrats said there is sufficient evidence to suggest the Trump administration threatened to withhold $250 million in congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden by the government in Kiev.

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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 US election.

As the next stage of the impeachment process is underway, GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill are speaking out against Democrats for their ongoing efforts.

With Tuesday night's vote, the intelligence committee, which has led the impeachment inquiry so far, has passed the ball to the judiciary committee, which will conduct its own hearings starting Wednesday.

Trump "was willing to compromise our security and his office for personal, political gain" by "directly and explicitly" inviting foreign interference in United States elections in 2016 and again in his 2020 reelection effort, the Judiciary Committee chair, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler, said in his opening statement. 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.

Three other legal and constitutional scholars called by Democrats, however, each made cases about why impeaching the president was justified. "You are doing precisely what you're criticizing the president for doing". "The fact that we can easily transpose the articles of impeachment against Nixon onto the actions of this president speaks volumes - and that does not even include the most serious national security concerns and election interference concerns at the heart of this president's misconduct". In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton described an impeachable offense as "the abuse or violation of some public trust".

Democrats reportedly aim to have the articles presented for a vote to the entire House of Representatives by late December.

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