Trump impeachment hearings continue before House Judiciary Committee

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The report from the House Intelligence Committee said Trump used "the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election".

"No other president has flouted the Constitution and power of Congress to conduct oversight to this extent".

Roughly a dozen witnesses have offered sworn public testimony before the Intelligence Committee.

If the full House ultimately votes the same way, formal impeachment charges and a trial would be held in the Republican-led US Senate, where a two-thirds majority would be required to convict Trump, thus removing him from office. Turley leans towards Republicans' narrative and has previously criticised the Democrat's case as incomplete and short of "proof of an impeachable offence".

The report from the Democrats also implicates Trump subordinates in helping to further his Ukraine "scheme", including acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

The president placed personal political interests "above the national interests of the United States", it states in a key report to US House lawmakers.

For Republicans falling in line behind Trump, the inquiry is simply a "hoax".

As Washington reengaged in the impeachment drama after Thanksgiving, the timetable for the process remained unclear.

That panel, under chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY, will begin formal impeachment hearings on Wednesday with the task of actually deciding whether to bring any articles against Trump to the House floor for a vote. Meanwhile, the Dems are looking for hearings to wrap before the end of the year.

Now that the report on the from the House Intelligence Committee is public, the focus is turning to the House Judiciary Committee - which will decide whether or not to put the articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump to a vote after conducting its own hearings.

The US House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began hearing testimony from law professors and constitutional experts on the case for impeachment (or otherwise) after it received from the House Intelligence Committee a 300-page report detailing "overwhelming" evidence of misconduct and obstruction of justice by the President. Turley was invited by Republicans on the panel.

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Mr Trump is now in London at a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, where he is preparing to meet German chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte and Danish leader Mette Frederiksen on the sidelines.

Like the president, Republicans maintain that the Democratic investigation is a sham meant to overturn the 2016 election, with evidence cherry-picked by the lead investigator, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

At the centre of the inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which President Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart, Mr Volodymyr Zelensky, to probe debunked allegations about Ukraine's involvement in the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee, and to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's connections in Ukraine.

Rather than take those assertions at face value, the Republicans charged that they came from civil servants who dislike Trump's agenda and style and are therefore allowing themselves to be part of a push by Democrats to undo the results of the 2016 election and thwart Trump's reelection chances in 2020.

Frustration that the White House has broadly stonewalled Congress will likely be the basis of one of the articles of impeachment, based on obstruction.

Schiff went on to describe Trump as a "president who believes that he is beyond indictment, beyond impeachment, beyond any form of accountability and indeed above the law". Instead, it accused Trump of "misconduct", alleging that he conditioned military aid and a White House meeting for Zelenskiy on a public pledge by Ukraine to carry out the investigations of both Bidens.

Trump "was willing to compromise our security and his office for personal, political gain" by "directly and explicitly" inviting foreign interference in USA elections in 2016 and again in his 2020 reelection effort, the Judiciary Committee chair, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler, said in his opening statement.

The White House has refused to participate in the hearings, citing a lack of "fairness".

Democrats are expected to argue the virtual opposite of the Republican report.

Then-Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Kyiv on January 16, 2017.

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