Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

'Insulted' Witness Lashes Out at Ranking Member Doug Collins

'Insulted' Witness Lashes Out at Ranking Member Doug Collins

The President spent Tuesday in a series of meetings headlined by a clash with a key ally - France - while praising an alliance member many other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are concerned about - Turkey.

The committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), voted 13 to 9 on the "Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report". Later when the two leaders were face to face, Macron refused to back down, saying he stood by his comments.

In terms of the impeachment inquiry process becoming fairer for Trump than previously demonstrated, Spicer said that, on the contrary, it will go downhill.

The Judiciary Committee is responsible for drafting articles of impeachment.

Committee members reportedly feel confident in their approach and Nadler's leadership, heading into their first big hearing on Wednesday, but some lawmakers privately told Politico there is some concern in the caucus about Nadler's approach and demeanor, a fear that Republicans plan to seize on Wednesday. In his opening statement, Collins suggested that the witnesses had shown up to testify without having read all the relevant witness transcripts and other evidence.

After a thorough investigation of the available evidence and public testimonies regarding the President's behavior, Gerhardt concluded that Trump has used the power of the presidency to chip away at the Constitutional safeguards specifically put in place by the Founders to prevent against the establishment of an American monarchy.

"The impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the US government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection", the report said.

As the report put it, "the president placed his personal political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the US presidential election process, and endangered USA national security". The White House was invited to participate in the proceedings, but the White House counsel's office said earlier this week that it would, for all intents and purposes, boycott this initial step.

Their testimony came one day after House Democrats on the intelligence committee released a report accusing Trump of congressional obstruction based on his instructions for White House staff not to comply with subpoenas.

Collins says "this is not impeachment, this is a simple railroad job".

"I see a pattern in which the president's views about the propriety of foreign governments intervening in our election process are the antithesis of what our framers were committed to", Karlan added.

The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday where four professors of constitutional law are providing expert testimony regarding the historical and constitutional grounds for removing a sitting president.

They have claimed Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine for the investigations, which Trump and Zelensky have denied.

Trump solicited foreign interference to boost his re-election chances, undermined national security and ordered an "unprecedented" campaign to obstruct Congress, Democrats said on Tuesday in a report that lawmakers will use as the basis of any formal impeachment charges. Just as the intelligence committee voted on the report today, the judiciary committee will have to vote to approve articles before presenting them to Congress.

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