On Monday, the committee will officially receive evidence against Trump at an open hearing. Rep. Doug Collins (Ga.), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said this week.
The editorial board acknowledged they were "reluctant converts" to the House having to resort to the dire process of drafting articles of impeachment against the sitting president.
Reaction and analysis from Republican congressmen Andy Biggs, Lee Zeldin and Steve Scalise on 'The Ingraham Angle'.
With sources telling CNN a vote in the Judiciary Committee to impeach President Donald Trump is expected as soon as this week, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday that he sees the Ukraine evidence as part of "a pattern" of conduct by the President. "The American people are going to sit there, just like in Thanksgiving, and weigh and measure this and say 'what are the Democrats doing?'"
On ABC's "This Week", Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and a member of the Judiciary Committee, told ABC's "This Week" that Democrats should only file articles of impeachment "on those items where we have direct evidence".
Democratic lawmakers on Sunday played down the possibility of basing one of the articles of impeachment on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference in 2016. In the opening section of the report, Nadler said he felt his committee should produce its own version that reflects "the best available learning on questions relating to presidential impeachment". "Aware that power corrupts, our Framers built other guardrails against that error", the report said. It lays out several offenses that could form the basis for articles of impeachment, including bribery, which is specifically cited in the Constitution.
Democrats are so desperate for impeachment, they're willing to set the standards to the lowest bar possible: what someone is thinking.
"At minimum, that duty requires presidents 'to exercise their power only when it is motivated in the public interest rather than in their private self-interest, '" the report argues.
Gregory also alluded to the moment during last week's impeachment hearings when Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan invoked the name of Trump's youngest son, Barron, to make a joke.
In the months since the August complaint by an anonymous whistleblower about Trump's dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy kick-started the impeachment drive, the president has sometimes spoken in a manner that undercuts those trying to defend him.
He rejected Republicans' argument that direct proof implicating Trump in any wrongdoing was missing. "At this fact-finding stage, no technical "rules of evidence" apply", the report says.
"The nation is not required to cross its fingers and hope White House staff will persist in ignoring or sidelining a president who orders them to execute 'high crimes and misdemeanors.'" the report says. "Democrats have wasted all of their time, and all of America's time on this ridiculous impeachment sham", said Sanders.
As an alternative to an article based on the Mueller report, House judiciary Democrats have said they could instead use those findings to demonstrate a repeated pattern of alleged misconduct by Trump to support formal charges of abuse of power and obstruction of congress.
Trump, who has dismissed all the allegations ever since the impeachment inquiry was launched, took to Twitter Saturday afternoon, saying the American voters do not want him to be impeached. He later added: "I think we should focus on those issues that provide the greatest threat to the country".
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