Judiciary Hearing To Open Final Act Of Democrats' Trump Impeachment Saga

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London on Dec. 3 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London on Dec. 3 2019

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.

He added that the Democrats are making it more hard to make the case for impeachment by "reaching for larger questions of abuse of office" and inappropriate behavior.

To be sure, however, Democrats also are likely to restate, for TV audiences, the findings of the report unveiled on Tuesday by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Jim Jordan and Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe.

Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, said, "Don't tell me this is about new evidence and new things and new stuff" and pointed out that "this is nothing new folks".

That includes Collins, a former lawyer and minister who often speaks quickly and emphatically about what he sees as problems with the impeachment process - and he sees plenty. Collins hasn't ruled out running for the Senate seat despite being passed over for the appointment.

From the moment Nadler started the hearing, Republicans launched their protests of the including forcing votes on motion for House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff to testify, to have the whistleblower testify and to postpone Wednesday's hearing. Democrats are on track for an impeachment vote on the House floor by the end of the year, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a closed-door, members-only meeting Wednesday morning where Democrats agreed to continue moving forward with the inquiry.

"This new phase of the inquiry will look different", said one staffer working on the impeachment inquiry.

The White House, meanwhile, said on Tuesday that Schiff was no better than a "basement blogger" trying to find facts to fit his theories. "This is precisely the misconduct that the framers created a Constitution, including impeachment, to protect against".

"Why? Because the chairman said it just a second ago".

Wednesday's hearing will feature testimony from Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard Law School; Pamela Karlan, professor of public interest law at Stanford Law School; Michael Gerhardt, professor of jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina School of Law; and Jonathan Turley, professor of public interest law at the George Washington University Law School.

The report, which largely ended the impeachment inquiry's investigative phase that began on September 24, appeared to lay the groundwork for at least two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. They could do anything they want to do.

"Articles could be drafted, more or less narrowly", Garber said. But, I'm going to remind you of something, Bill. "And the eventual articles are something that have to be able to pass muster within the Democratic caucus". 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.