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Impeachment hearings live updates: Scholars called by Democrats testify that Trump’s conduct is grounds for removal from office

libadmin December 4, 2019

The three scholars tapped by Democrats will testify Wednesday that Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine rises to the level of an impeachable offense, according to written testimony submitted to the Judiciary Committee.

In his written testimony, University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt says that Trump’s conduct is “worse than the misconduct of any prior president, including what previous presidents who faced impeachment have done or been accused of doing.”

According to Gerhardt, “the record compiled thus far shows that the president has committed several impeachable offenses, including bribery, abuse of power in soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader to benefit his political campaign, obstructing Congress, and obstructing justice.”

In his written testimony, Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman says the July 25 call in which Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate the Bidens on its own “qualifies as an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”

“President Trump’s conduct described in the testimony and evidence clearly constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution,” Feldman says.

Meanwhile, in her written testimony, Stanford University professor Pamela S. Karlan says “what has happened in the case before you is something that I do not think we have ever seen before: a president who has doubled down on violating his oath to ‘faithfully execute’ the laws and to ‘protect and defend the Constitution.’ ”

“The evidence reveals a President who used the powers of his office to demand that a foreign government participate in undermining a competing candidate for the presidency,” Karlan says. “If we are to keep faith with the Constitution and our Republic, President Trump must be held to account.”



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