House Speaker Pelosi defends decision to embrace impeachment

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi makes a statement at the Capitol in Washington

When U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, almost six hours into Wednesday's impeachment hearing, was granted five minutes to question a panel of law professors, he chose an unusual target: Jonathan Turley, invited by Republicans and largely ignored that day by Democrats.

Pelosi on Thursday asked the Judiciary Committee to draw up articles of impeachment - formal charges - against the Republican president.

Turley's response was muddled, but Neguse's point was clear. "Further, they do not address several issues of constitutional law with particular relevance to the ongoing impeachment inquiry respecting President Donald J. Trump".

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is connecting the dots - "all roads lead to Putin", she says - and making the argument that Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine was not an isolated incident but part of a troubling bond with the Russian president reaching back to special counsel Robert Mueller's findings on the 2016 election. They have denied wrongdoing and the allegations have not been substantiated. In a statement Nadler accused Trump of continuing to block "key evidence" from Congress.

Republicans accuse Democrats of conducting a politically motivated witch hunt aimed at ousting Trump using an unfair impeachment process.

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"A president who perverts his role as chief diplomat to serve private rather than public ends has unquestionably engaged in "high crimes and misdemeanours" - especially if he invited, rather than opposed, foreign interference in our politics", the Judiciary Committee Democrats said in their report on Saturday. Coloradans on the committee are Neguse and Rep. Ken Buck.

Republicans have said they want Hunter Biden and the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry to testify.

"I think it's important to assess the facts, make a decision and then move on".

Republicans hope to win back some seats next year, including 31 congressional districts that voted for Trump in 2016. Also included were the whistleblower, believed to be a Central Intelligence Agency analyst who reported his concerns about Trump's demands of Zelensky; possible government contacts of the whistleblower; White House national security official Alexander Vindman, whose earlier testimony strongly supported the allegations against Trump.

Pelosi is particularly protective of the views of the new class of freshman lawmakers, who won elections in 2018 to give Democrats the House majority and will be up for re-election in 2020. And the Supreme Court will hear a case over Trump's financial records, which were subpoenaed.

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The report goes into detail about the history behind the impeachment clause in the Constitution. You could threaten a witness.

"Sometimes people say, 'Well I don't know about Ukraine. Those ... suggest obstruction of Congress". "We will win!" Trump tweeted.

A full vote could come later this month. A committee vote could occur as early as next week and impeachment could occur as soon as the week after that.

'The impeachment thing is a total hoax. "Those are all, in my opinion, impeachable offenses". They are also expected to draft at least one article on obstruction of Congress, or obstruction of justice. "Congress can go to court and can ask a court to find that a witness should testify as to certain matters. Delaying impeachment because of no-show witnesses would reward Trump's obstructionism".

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