Trump says impeachment inquiry is a 'hoax' being used for political gain

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Those three professors, Harvard University's Noah Feldman, Stanford University's Pamela Karlan and North Carolina's Michael Gerhardt, were all asked, based on the House Intelligence Committee evidence, "Did President Trump commit the impeachable high crime and misdemeanor of abuse of power?"

The questioning came on the first day of public hearings by the House Judiciary Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Sunday, the White House said in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler that Trump's team "cannot 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". "With the transmittal of the report to the Judiciary Committee, this hearing will examine the constitutional framework put in place to address presidential misconduct".

Republicans defended the president in their own 123-page rebuttal claiming Trump never meant to pressure Ukraine when he asked for a "favor" - investigations of Democrats and Joe Biden.

In a draft of House Intelligence Committee report on their findings during phase one of the probe, however, the draft alleges President Trump solicited interference in the 2020 election, pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with attorney Rudy Giuliani and speak publicly about the investigations, suspended military aid without justification, tried to hide conduct, and undermined national security to advance political interests. Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on the same show that the committee is giving the "president every opportunity to participate in the impeachment inquiry in a very fair and balanced way".

Nadler, his compatriots and their leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have said that impeachment isn't a foregone conclusion and that it depends on the outcome of their process.

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The Democratic report is based largely on the 17 witness interviews that were conducted over the past several months, including 12 at two weeks of public hearings, with testimony that detailed a lengthy effort spearheaded by the President's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to oust the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and then push Kiev to announce investigations into the President's political rivals.

Democrats could then use their majority on the panel to advance them to the floor of the full House, where, if a sufficient number of Democrats lent their support, Trump could become just the third sitting president in history to be impeached. Or should it be a broader case that reflects more about what Democrats argue has been improper behavior by Trump?

In the first instance, it alleged, Trump conditioned military aid and a face-to-face meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Kiev opening several politically-motivated investigations, including into former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner in the 2020 election race.

Continetti appeared on Fox News's Special Report panel, where he outlined some of the issues Democrats face during their push for impeachment.

The hearing also will mark Nadler's return to the spotlight after months in center stage for Schiff and the House Intelligence Committee.

The report's findings on both Ukraine and obstruction of Congress are expected to be included in the articles of impeachment. "Chairman Schiff's report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing".

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