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On Dec. 4 at 10:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the constitutional grounds for impeaching the president.

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.

If Congress fails to impeach here, then the impeachment process has lost all meaning, and, along with that, our Constitution's carefully crafted safeguards against the establishment of a king on American soil.

Rachel Maddow points out that as an alternative to reading the full Trump impeachment report, there is an executive summary, and also a summarizing preface, or barring those, you can always just read through the list of subheadings in the report.

On Tuesday, Texas congressman John Ratcliffe said there was no surprise over the House Intelligence Committee's recently released report, which accuses President Trump of misusing his position in office.

The Judiciary panel responsible for drafting articles of impeachment convened as Trump's team was fanning out across Capitol Hill.

"Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article Two does not give him the power to do anything he wants", Karlan responded.

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Faced with the revelation of his actions, President Trump publicly and repeatedly persisted in urging foreign governments, including Ukraine and China, to investigate his political opponent. Gaetz then cut her off and said, "You don't get to interrupt me on this time". Stanford University Law professor Pamela Karlan makes a similar case, calling Trump's conduct "a cardinal reason why the Constitution contains an impeachment power" in her statement.

Along with revelations from earlier testimony, the report included previously unreleased cell phone records raising fresh questions about Giuliani's interactions with the top Republican on the intelligence panel, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, and the White House.

"Rather, my job is to describe how the constitutional meaning of impeachable offenses applies to the facts described by the testimony and evidence before the House". We may be witnessing, unfortunately, their erosion.

The President's attorneys were invited to participate in the hearing, but they declined, arguing that the process was unfair and they were given no details about the hearing itself.

But Noah Feldman, a constitutional law expert from Harvard Law School, disagreed with Turley, criticizing Trump's lack of cooperation with the inquiry. Will a slipshod impeachment make us less mad? "Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections - not demand it".

Senate Republicans are to meet privately with the White House counsel.

A number of members on the Judiciary Committee will also have a unique historical perspective on the unfolding inquiry, given that they served in Congress during the 1998 impeachment inquiry into President Bill Clinton.