Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan offered an apology for invoking President Donald Trump's 13-year-old son, Barron Trump, to criticize the president during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment on Wednesday.
"The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House".
George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley, the only witness chosen by the Republicans, said the current evidence does not adequately support the Democrats' allegations against Trump.
Ms. Pelosi's move was widely expected, following a string of explosive hearings and a scathing report by the House intelligence committee into Mr. Trump's actions.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promptly set a reporter, and by inference, all of Washington, straight: "Don't mess with me".
"Our democracy is what is at stake". "The president leaves us no choice but to act". "The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections".
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One would think that Zelensky would have had knowledge of the master scheme if he was being strong-armed by Trump. Well, if it does, then the Democrats have done a very great disservice to the country, which they have.
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As for letting Trump defend himself, we're approaching the part of the impeachment process where that could actually happen. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during a House Intelligence Committee hearing November 20.
In an interview published on December 2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy denied he spoke to Trump "from a position of a quid pro quo" regarding a July 25 phone call the two had during which Trump asked his counterpart for a "favor".
The committee could soon recommend articles of impeachment against Trump, setting up a possible vote by the full House before Christmas, followed by a Senate trial in January.
No president has ever been removed from office through impeachment, although Republican Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 after the House began the impeachment process in the Watergate corruption scandal. According to the testimony presented to the House, the solicitation sought to gain an advantage that was personal to the president.
"I think the case they presented is so bad that I can't imagine Democrats in any kind of marginal districts (are) thinking it's going to be a good idea to vote for this", the Kentucky Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
Only two USA presidents in history - Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson - have been impeached, but neither was convicted.
Democrats are also weighing whether to bring forward an obstruction of justice charge that would include the allegations against Trump detailed in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. She added, "I pray for the president; I pray for the president all the time".
Polling has shown Americans are also largely divided along party lines over impeachment.