Confluence | Oct 4, 2019 | 0
3 Stories You Should Read 12/04/2019: Impeachment Edition
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In the category of: It’s going down
“If Congress fails to impeach here, then the impeachment process has lost all meaning,” UNC law professor Michael Gerhardt told Congress.
A constitutional law scholar told a House impeachment panel Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s attempt to solicit a foreign investigation into his political opponent and his obstruction of congressional investigations amount to the worst presidential misconduct in history.
“The president’s serious misconduct, including bribery, soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader in exchange for his exercise of power, and obstructing justice and Congress, are worse than the misconduct of any prior president, including what previous presidents who faced impeachment have done or been accused of doing,” Michael Gerhardt wrote in his prepared opening statement to the House Judiciary Committee.
In the category of: The hits keep coming
One legal expert said Trump’s Ukraine dealings were “worse than the misconduct of any prior president.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday described President Donald Trump’s posture toward Ukraine as part of a pattern of abuse of power and obstruction of justice that began with Trump’s efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller.
Nadler’s comments at the Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing came as three constitutional lawyers called by Democrats testified that Trump’s actions toward Ukraine were the worst examples of misconduct in presidential history and represented the reason the framers included impeachment in the Constitution.
In the category of: In case you missed it
The public is still learning new information about what happened on July 25, which was just a day after special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress about the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia in the 2016 election. As Trump moved on from that scandal, he waded right into another one. Democrats say the July 25 timeline provides a damning account of presidential abuses of office. Trump maintains his behavior was “perfect.”
Here’s a minute-by-minute breakdown of one of the most consequential days in modern US political history. All times are listed in Washington time, though some key players were in Ukraine.
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