How will Monday's House hearing on Trump impeachment evidence unfold?

Clay Curtis
December 9, 2019

They could appeal to the full committee if they wish, and we'll have a vote on that.

House Republicans are expected to argue that the Democrats' case falls short, that they lack sufficient firsthand evidence to conclusively charge Trump with abusing his power and undermining US national security in his dealings with Ukraine.

"And they already have", he said.

The White House is refusing to participate in the process it calls a sham and the top Republican on the panel, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia asked to postpone the hearing, criticizing Democrats for moving too swiftly.

Only two USA presidents in history - Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson - have been impeached, but neither was convicted and removed from office. This is a farce.

On Friday night, the House Intelligence Committee formally transmitted its 300-page Ukraine report to the Judiciary Committee for consideration in impeachment proceedings.

The report comes after the committee was told this week by three constitutional law experts that there is no doubt that President Trump's actions required him to be removed from office. "That will be the big story!"

But, in an interview Sunday with CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union", Nadler would not commit to including the evidence of obstruction of justice outlined in Robert Mueller's special counsel report as part of the articles of impeachment. Two-thirds of the Senate would need to vote to convict Trump and remove him from office, which remains unlikely given the support he retains among members of his party.

"Go ahead and write the articles of impeachment". Democratic leaders will meet later Monday evening.

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"We'll bring articles of impeachment presumably before the committee at some point later in the week", said Nadler, D-N.Y. "And the president is engaged in a course of conduct that threatens the integrity of the next election, threatens our national security".

© J. Scott Applewhite/AP Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., joined at left by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., listens to testimony from legal scholars during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will formally hear evidence of wrongdoing against President Donald Trump on Monday, as it moves toward a likely vote on whether to approve formal impeachment charges. He said final decisions will come after Monday's hearing following discussions with House leadership and the Democratic caucus.

Nadler echoed this allegation in the course of his appearances Sunday on network television, repeatedly suggesting that Trump had engaged in a pattern of collaboration with Russian Federation, first in the 2016 election campaign and now in the run-up to the 2020 campaign.

However many Democrats and others see the 10 distinct episodes of potential obstruction of justice by Trump specified by the second half of the Mueller report as proof of egregious misconduct deserving of prosecution. He later added: "I think we should focus on those issues that provide the greatest threat to the country".

"If they do not impeach him, they can not beat him at the polls", McCarthy, R-Calif.

Nadler, asked whether he felt confident that Trump personally directed improper approaches to Ukraine, replied: "We have a very rock-solid case".

The anonymous whistleblower and anyone the whistleblower relied on to prepare the complaint alleging Trump solicited election interference from Ukraine.

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