Read Pamela Karlan’s full opening statement in Trump impeachment hearing

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler

Lawmakers will hear from three legal scholars to determine if allegations that President Trump abused his power constitute "high crimes" under the Constitution. Later when the two leaders were face to face, Macron refused to back down, saying he stood by his comments.

The president himself, in London for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, lambasted his opponents for proceeding with impeachment hearings during his trip.

He also falsely accused Schiff of making up a conversation between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, suggesting the Democrat would "be thrown in a jail" were it not for Congressional privileges.

He has argued that "those articles of impeachment that had been approved against Richard Nixon turn out to be relevant, as well, to the misconduct of President Trump". A Washington Post-ABC News survey taken before the public impeachment hearings began in the House, for instance, found that 56 percent of women favored impeaching and removing Trump.

Nadler announced that four law professors - Noah Feldman, Pamela Karlan, Michael Gerhardt and Jonathan Turley - will be testifying at Wednesday's hearings. According to the testimony and to the publicly released memorandum of the July 25, 2019, telephone call between the two presidents, President Trump abused his office by soliciting the president of Ukraine to investigate his political rivals in order to gain personal political advantage, including in the 2020 presidential election. "But everything I read about those occasions tells me that when President Trump invited, indeed demanded foreign involvement in our upcoming election, he struck at the very heart of what makes this a republic to which we pledge allegiance".

There are, of course, complex details among the findings, but at the heart of the report are some core allegations: Trump abused his office to extort Ukraine in the hopes of benefiting from foreign election interference, and the American president "ordered and implemented a campaign to hide his conduct from the public and frustrate and obstruct the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry".

As the next stage of the impeachment process is underway, GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill are speaking out against Democrats for their ongoing efforts. "You're doing exactly what you're criticizing the president of doing", he said.

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

Senate Republicans are to meet privately with the White House counsel. "The problem for Democrats is they cant change the fact that not a single witness provided testimony that Donald Trump ever related military aid to investigations, not a single witness ever related that Donald Trump talked about a quid pro quo involving Ukrainian military aid, and so again this is long on political motivation and short on real facts that would drive an impeachment".

Karlan, a Stanford law professor, is expected testify to Wednesday during a House Judiciary hearing that President Donald Trump "must be held to account" for his actions relating to Ukraine. "I would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts".

"At the end of the day, there's still no impeachable offense".

Democrats reportedly aim to have the articles presented for a vote to the entire House of Representatives by late December.

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