'Insulted' Witness Lashes Out at Ranking Member Doug Collins

Lula Sharp
December 4, 2019

"The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats' witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor", the GOP report stated.

"The abuse of power occurs when the president uses his office for personal advantage or gain", Feldman said.

Among his prepared remarks, Turley contended the case against Trump was "thin" and warned that a finding to impeach Trump would set a damaging precedent for future USA presidents. 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".

It long has been obvious that President Trump abused the power of his office to induce Ukraine - a country desperately in need of US aid - to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and to lend credence to a conspiracy theory that could be used to challenge the consensus that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump's candidacy.

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.

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

"This is a political exercise that the Democrats are going through", Spicer told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday.

But the fact that some government officials did their duty doesn't excuse the president's attempt to deprive the House of testimony to which it was entitled.

Committee members reportedly feel confident in their approach and Nadler's leadership, heading into their first big hearing on Wednesday, but some lawmakers privately told Politico there is some concern in the caucus about Nadler's approach and demeanor, a fear that Republicans plan to seize on Wednesday.

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"If Congress fails to impeach here, then the impeachment process has lost all meaning, and, along with that, our Constitution's carefully crafted safeguards against the establishment of a king on American soil".

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham hit back on Twitter, claiming that "3 of 4 "experts" in this sham hearing have known biases" against Trump.

George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley will meanwhile appear at the request of Republicans.

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". As Playbook reported Tuesday, Judiciary Committee Republicans feel that Nadler will be easier to rattle than House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) because he often relies on notes for much of his statements and questioning.

Turley also says the evidence against Trump isn't strong enough to meet the threshold of an impeachable offense. The president will be impeached as long as at least one article passes with a simple majority.

"It's of no merit", Trump said at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Watford, England.

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. "I would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts".

Trump has denied doing anything wrong. In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton described an impeachable offense as "the abuse or violation of some public trust".

Even so, the 300-page report approved by the Democrats on the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees on Tuesday weaves what we have learned over the last few months into a compelling narrative with an inescapable conclusion: Trump has compromised and subverted USA national security interests for his own domestic political purposes and must be held accountable.

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