Trump set for tough North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings under impeachment cloud

Brenda Watkins
December 4, 2019

His comments come the same day the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing of the impeachment inquiry to begin the process of drafting articles of impeachment.

President Donald Trump called Adam Schiff a "maniac" and a "deranged human being" at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting Tuesday as Democrats prepared to publish an impeachment report.

Turley compared the Democrats' rush to impeachment to what Republicans did in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868, widely regarded as a cautionary example of what not to do.

It comes after the Democrats on the committee drafted a 300-page report on allegations against Trump.

"As for the hearing scheduled for December 4, we can not fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings", Cipollone told the committee.

Another Democratic witness, Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School, issued an opening statement in which she said the evidence shows Trump delayed providing foreign military assistance meant to limit "Russian aggression" in order to "strong-arm a foreign leader into smearing" one of his domestic political opponents.

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.

Trump to tariff steel and aluminum from Argentina and Brazil
However, he also expressed hope that Trump would show mercy to Brazil's commodity-based economy. "This is an unfair relationship". But it also signaled that it planned no further interest rate cuts absent clear evidence of a worsening US economic outlook.

When will lawmakers vote on impeachment?

Disclosing that he himself had voted against Trump in 2016, Turley said opposition to the president was "irrelevant" to the constitutional questions before Congress.

As the report put it, "the president placed his personal political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the US presidential election process, and endangered USA national security".

Three other legal and constitutional scholars called by Democrats, however, each made cases about why impeaching the president was justified. Administration officials and Trump, who ultimately released the aid in September, have repeatedly said they held up the payment due to concerns about how it would be used by President Volodymyr Zelensky's government. "I would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts".

But a rebuttal report released by House Republicans on Monday denied the existence of any quid pro quo and said Trump's actions regarding Ukraine were "valid".

The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday where four professors of constitutional law are providing expert testimony regarding the historical and constitutional grounds for removing a sitting president.

Trump solicited foreign interference to boost his re-election chances, undermined national security and ordered an "unprecedented" campaign to obstruct Congress, Democrats said on Tuesday in a report that lawmakers will use as the basis of any formal impeachment charges. In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton described an impeachable offense as "the abuse or violation of some public trust". If a majority of the committee's members agree to do so, they'll approve articles in the coming weeks and send them to the House floor for a vote.

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