The House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearing: A Recap

The debate has shifted to whether or not President Trump will be charged with high crimes.

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The House Judiciary Committee began debating Wednesday on whether to charge President Donald Trump with the high crimes and misdemeanors necessary for removal from office. 
Legal scholars from both sides of the fence were invited. The Democrats’ invitees, Noah Feldman, Pamela Karlan, and Michael Gerhardt, argued that Trump’s actions were indeed impeachable offenses. Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, was called on by Republicans to testify against Trump’s impeachment.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler promised to hastily impeach Trump if the committee finds him guilty. In his opening statement, he stressed how the president welcomed foreign interference in both the 2016 and 2020 elections.

Feldman, a Harvard professor, made arguments for Trump’s actions being impeachable, saying that the country isn’t part of a true democracy if a president who abuses his power isn’t impeached.

Karlan, a Stanford University legal scholar, gave a fiery opening statement against anyone questioning her stance, saying. “'I'm insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor, I don't care about those facts.”

She also used Republican Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh’s own argument to make a case against Trump staying in office.

The hearing came one day after House Democrats released an impeachment report that explicitly said Trump abused his power by trying to get Ukrainian officials to help influence the 2020 election in his favor, and then tried to obstruct the impeachment investigation that followed.