Impeachment Hearing With Legal Scholars: NPR

Constitutional law experts offered context on the impeachment inquiry that investigates the Trump administration’s delay in distributing congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine while requesting that country’s president to announce investigations of a political rival. Donald Trump and his supporters deny there was pressure. Three professors testified about holding deep concern over the president’s actions with Ukraine. Another suggested that “the factual case so far developed against Trump would cheapen impeachment and create a dangerous precedent both for Congress and for the executive branch,” reports Philip Ewing for NPR. Jonathan Turley disagreed that the president has not committed obstruction and urged Congress to wait for the courts to weigh in. On the other hand, Michael Gerhardt argued the case for impeachment was strong: “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." The next steps: House committees draft articles of impeachment. The House of Representatives would then vote, and the Senate would conduct the trial. Update: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi authorized committees to draft articles of impeachment. – YaleGlobal

Impeachment Hearing With Legal Scholars: NPR

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, constitutional law professors analyze whether the US president abused his powers and impeachment is warranted
Philip Ewing
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Read the article from NPR about constitutional scholars testifying on impeachment before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Philip Ewing is an election security editor with NPR’s Washington Desk. He helps oversee coverage of election security, voting, disinformation, active measures and other issues.       

When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits – despotic in his ordinary demeanour – known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty – when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity – to join in the cry of danger to liberty – to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion – to flatter and fall in with all the non sense of the zealots of the day – It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may “ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.” –  Alexander Hamilton, 1792

(Source: Founders Online, National Archives, United States)

Read the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee’s final report on the contradictions in US policies and activities in Ukraine throughout 2019.

Read the minority report on the impeachment inquiry: “The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system.”

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