Democrats lay out impeachment case against Trump

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

The impeachment inquiry picked back up today in the House Judiciary Committee and Republicans are once again pretending they don't know how things work. But while Democrats do allege Trump engaged in some criminal acts, the constitutional grounds for impeachment do not require any crime to have been committed.

In an interview on NBC News' "Meet The Press", Nadler said articles of impeachment would likely be drawn up by his committee by the end of the week.

He pointed to a "pattern" of conduct by Trump in seeking foreign interference in elections but would not commit to including the evidence of obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation as part of the articles of impeachment.

From there, the judiciary committee will decide what charges to bring against the president.

Inside the hearing, House Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) laughed as the posterboard was revealed, which Nadler took in.

The Georgia congressman then asked Goldman to reveal how many subpoenas Democrats sent to phone companies, and who made the call to release the phone records included in the House Intelligence Committee's report on the Ukraine scandal. "And that is part of what gives us the urgency to proceed with this impeachment", Nadler responded.

A pro-Trump protestor and InfoWars host had to be forcibly removed from Monday's impeachment hearing after he shouted accusations of treason at Democrats leading the proceedings just before testimony began.

Debating the grounds for impeachment, Republicans said there's nothing here.

Trump also wanted a probe into a discredited theory involving alleged Ukraine cyberintrusions into the Democratic National Committee.

But Sondland says no one told him that hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance to Ukraine were similarly contingent on satisfying Trump's request for investigations. Stephen Castor is the GOP counsel.

"The evidence is overwhelming that the president abused his power by pressuring Ukraine and its new president to investigate a political opponent", said Barry Berke, staff attorney for the Judiciary Committee. That was bribery, they say, since Trump was withholding almost $400 million in military aide that Ukraine depended on to counter Russian aggression. One legal scholar testified last week it would be the quickest impeachment in modern history. Chairman Nadler is protecting Mr. Schiff, who will not appear to testify under oath.

Nadler said the "central allegation" is that Trump "put himself above his country several times", that he "sought foreign interference" and that he "sought to cover it up".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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