Pelosi: ‘No choice’ but to move forward with articles of impeachment

White House Won’t Participate in Next Impeachment Hearing

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"The View" co-hosts had a spirited debate on Thursday as they discussed whether Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan acted inappropriately when she made a joke referencing the president's son during the previous day's House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing. "The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections", Pelosi said.

The White House was quick to react, with Mr Trump's press secretary Stephanie Grisham saying the Democrats "should be ashamed".

"If you look at impeachment, the word impeachment, here there was nothing wrong, nothing done wrong", he said.

The Judiciary Committee heard from the professors on what constitutes an impeachable offense and how Trump's actions compare with those of two former presidents - Republican Richard Nixon, who resigned after the House launched the impeachment process, and Democrat Bill Clinton, who was impeached by the House but not removed by the Senate.

These legal scholars include three hand-selected by Democrats and one chosen by Republicans, and the testimony has been as partisan as you'd expect.

A defiant President Donald Trump predicted Thursday he "will win", after the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives gave the green light for impeachment.

The sole Republican witness, Jonathan Turley, a law professor from George Washington University, cautioned the House against moving forward with impeaching Trump. He also said that, "If the House proceeds exclusively on the Ukrainian allegations, 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".

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Article II, Section 4 of the US Constitution outlines the grounds for impeaching a president.

Turley disagreed with the other experts, and opposed the Trump impeachment.

"The impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the USA government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection", the report said.

Among formal impeachment charges expected to be considered by the judiciary committee are abuse of power, obstruction of justice and contempt of Congress.

Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

"If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business", Trump tweeted. Much of the inquiry is focused on a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"If the House proceeds exclusively on the Ukrainian allegations, 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", Turley wrote.

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