Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Reschenthalter bid to question whistleblower during impeachment hearing fails

Reschenthalter bid to question whistleblower during impeachment hearing fails

First lady Melania Trump slammed a Democratic impeachment witness Wednesday after she name-dropped 13-year-old Barron Trump during the House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Pelosi, once reluctant to engage in a strictly party-line impeachment proceeding, is now leading colleagues to a likely vote after a House investigation found that Trump seriously misused the power of his office to seek foreign interference in the US election and then obstructed Congress in its efforts to investigate.

"Kings could do no wrong because the king's word was law".

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.

Nadler vowed to move swiftly to impeach Trump if his committee concludes that Trump committed impeachable offenses.

After hearing from 12 witnesses in 35 hours of public testimony, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee issued a report on Tuesday alleging Trump abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukraine and then sought to cover it up by blocking Congress's access to witness and information.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence met House Republicans, urging them to get tougher in their criticism of Democrats, and White House counsel Pat Cipollone met across the Capitol with Senate Republicans to talk about defending Trump in a Senate trial, according to reports. The findings were sent to the Judiciary Committee. Pamela Karlan, a Stanford Law School professor and former Obama administration Justice Department official, said the president's action constituted an especially serious abuse of power "because it undermines democracy itself".

But Noah Feldman, a constitutional law expert from Harvard Law School, disagreed with Turley, criticizing Trump's lack of cooperation with the inquiry.

Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argues, "If Congress fails to impeach here, then the impeachment process has lost all meaning".

"We're looking forward to making the Democrats pay the opportunity cost for this impeachment", he stated.

The political risks are high for all parties as the House presses only the fourth presidential impeachment inquiry in USA history. "Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections - not demand it". Jerry Nadler of NY, and the top Republican on the panel, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, are expected to deliver opening statements at the start of the hearing.

He said if the authors of the U.S. Constitution were alive today, they too, would seek to impeach Mr. Trump.

"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.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants have, until this point, been circumspect about their intentions, even as the party's impeachment inquiry heads into its final stages.

Turley tells members of the House Judiciary Committee that he thinks the impeachment proceedings are being rushed for no reason.

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