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Constitutional experts in impeachment inquiry slam Trump actions

Three constitutional law experts called by Democrats testified Trump's actions concerning Ukraine represented impeachable offenses as the House Judiciary Committee began proceedings expected to end in charges against the president. A professor chosen by Republicans disagreed. Read more

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Debate of the day: "What is bribery"?

 
The back-and-forth debated by legal experts highlights Democrats' dilemma - whether to make bribery one of the formal charges against Trump or to use broader wording such as "abuse of power." Read more
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Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the committee's ranking member, complained there have been no next steps announced by chairman in this phase of the inquiry.

This is not a time to play hide the ball. This is not a time to say we're going to figure it out on the fly. You're talking about overturning 63 million votes of a president duly elected who is doing his job every day.

(Reporting by Doina Chicau)
When Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) was asked about whether articles of impeachment should take into account matters outside the Ukraine scandal, such as the Mueller investigation, she sidestepped the question. "I think the judiciary committee is in the process of hearing from constitutional scholars and I hope they take their opinions and the discussions in the hearings into account when they are drawing forth the articles that they do or don't chose to move forward," she told reporters. She is one of seven freshmen Democrats with national security backgrounds who only endorsed an impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower report that Trump had pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival.
(Reporting by Susan Cornwall)

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Rep Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said the Mueller report was relevant to the Ukraine inquiry because it showed the president had "priors," using legal slang for a criminal's previous record. "At any rate, it shows a leopard doesn't change his spots," Swalwell said of the Mueller report passages on possible obstruction by Trump.
(Reporting by Susan Cornwall)

Prof. Karlan pushes back after Republican Rep. McClintock asks witnesses to raise their hands if they voted for President Trump, prompting committee chairman Nadler to mediate the exchange

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is one of the only committee members to openly attack the witnesses individually. Prior to Gaetz, Republican representatives have largely restricted themselves to questioning Jonathan Turley. the professor that opposes impeachment. Similarly Democrats have mostly limited themselves to questioning the other three professors, who favor impeachment.

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Rep. Jordan argues that the impeachment inquiry was not only fast, but ‘predetermined’

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