A law professor's reference to Barron Trump, the 13-year-old son of President Donald Trump, during the House Judiciary's impeachment hearing on Wednesday was met with rebuke by one lawmaker on the panel.
"Specifically, President Trump has abused his office by corruptly soliciting President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals to gain personal advantage including in the 2020 presidential election", Feldman said.
A panel of four law professors will be speaking to provide historic and legal context of impeachment and whether it may be merited in this case. "When we apply the Constitution to those facts, if it is true that President Trump has committed an impeachable offense - or impeachable offenses - then we must move swiftly to do our duty and charge him accordingly".
The Trump campaign also got in on the action.
While liberal Democrats are pushing the party to go further and incorporate the findings from former special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and other actions by Trump, more centrist and moderate Democrats prefer to stick with the Ukraine matter as a simpler narrative that Americans understand.
Trump is addressing the impeachment inquiry as he attends a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London.
The witnesses - three called by Democrats and one called by Republicans - testified before the House judiciary committee starting Wednesday morning.
The political risks are high for all parties as the House presses only the fourth presidential impeachment inquiry in USA history.
While an administration transcript and witnesses in hearings before the House Intelligence Committee supported the whistleblower's account of the July 25 phone call, Reschenthaler said he and his colleagues want to hear from the original complainant.
Democrats warned that President Donald Trump must be stopped from enlisting foreign interference in USA elections and Republicans said there are no grounds for removing him from office. Jerry Nadler of NY, and the top Republican on the panel, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, are expected to deliver opening statements at the start of the hearing. He said that if the House had received court approval and subpoenaed the president through those means and the president subsequently ignored the subpoena, then he might be impeachable for obstruction of justice.
"We are here, no fact witnesses, simply a rubber stamp", Collins said.
The President's attorneys were invited to participate in the hearing, but they declined, arguing that the process was unfair and they were given no details about the hearing itself. "Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections - not demand it". "The president has shown us his pattern of conduct". Which is the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. Zoe Lofgren of California and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, who served as a House manager during the Senate's impeachment trial.
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