Dec 6, 2019

More than 500 professors say Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct"

President Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

More than 500 legal scholars and law professors signed a letter saying President Trump has "engaged in impeachable conduct," and that lawmakers would be well within their rights to pursue impeachment.

Why it matters: The academics said the evidence surrounding the impeachment inquiry shows that Trump betrayed the oath "to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit" at the expense of American national security interests.

  • Nonprofit advocacy group Protect Democracy published the letter, and previously released a similar item during the Mueller-Russia investigations.

What they're saying:

"But if the House of Representatives impeached the President for the conduct described here and the Senate voted to remove him, they would be acting well within their constitutional powers.
"Whether President Trump’s conduct is classified as bribery, as a high crime or misdemeanor, or as both, it is clearly impeachable under our Constitution."
— Letter signed by more than 500 legal scholars

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House updates its guide for impeachment

President Trump at the 97th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 05. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee reassessed what the Constitution considers impeachable offenses on Saturday, two days after Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly pushed the impeachment inquiry forward.

Why it matters: The committee is in charge of drafting articles of impeachment against the president, unless another specially selected committee is chosen. House rules on impeachment are largely based on precedent — and President Trump's impeachment is the new model.

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Read Jerry Nadler's opening statement in debate over articles of impeachment

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) opened Wednesday night's hearing to debate the two articles of impeachment against President Trump by urging his colleagues to hold the president accountable.

The big picture: Nadler outlined the evidence he believes warrants the impeachment of Trump, and he insisted the country "cannot rely on an election to solve our problems" because Trump threatens the integrity of that very election.

Nadler: "We cannot wait for the election to address the present crisis"

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In his opening statement of the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) warned that President Trump has "welcomed foreign interference" in two elections and has engaged in "unprecedented" obstruction.

Between the lines: So far, the impeachment inquiry has been tightly focused on Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Nadler made clear in his opening statement that the Judiciary Committee is broadening its scope to include the findings from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, specifically instances of potential obstruction of justice.

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