Dec 9, 2019

Democrats' Intel counsel summarizes the case for impeaching Trump in under 5 minutes

Daniel Goldman, the counsel for Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, used his opening statement in Monday's impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee to summarize Intel Democrats' 300-page report in favor of taking action against President Trump.

Why it matters: Goldman used the first part of his statement to quickly summarize — in under five minutes — Democrats' case for impeaching Trump, crystallizing the complicated series of events surrounding the Ukraine investigation in an easily digestible clip.

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House Judiciary Committee hears impeachment evidence

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The House Judiciary Committee heard the evidence behind the impeachment inquiry on Monday in a marathon nine-and-a-half hour hearing.

Why it matters: The committee is likely only days away from drafting formal articles of impeachment against President Trump — and this hearing was one of House Democrats' last chances to summarize their case against the president to the public.

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Republican counsel says Democrats are impeaching Trump because they disagree with him

Steve Castor, acting as counsel for Republicans on both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, argued during Monday's impeachment hearing that House Democrats are only seeking to impeach President Trump because they disagree with his policies.

The big picture: In his opening statement as Judiciary's counsel, Castor framed the Ukraine investigation as a last-ditch Democratic attempt to act against the president, saying, "To impeach a president who 63 million people voted for over eight lines in a call transcript is baloney."

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Top Judiciary Republican says Democrats are "making up impeachment" as they go

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, accused House Democrats of "making up impeachment as [they] go" during his opening statement in Monday's hearing.

What he's saying: Collins criticized Democrats' impeachment procedure so far, bemoaning that Judiciary had only heard from law school professors and committee staff — as Republicans on the committee argue that they'd like to hear from House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

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