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Impeachment Witness Mentions Barron Trump, Sparks Ire

Pamela Karlan also told a GOP rep he had insulted her
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2019 9:45 AM CST
Updated Dec 4, 2019 4:11 PM CST
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, speaks during his opening statement during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Trump on Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – Same pillared House hearing room. Different chairman with his own mission. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler opened impeachment hearings at 10am ET on Wednesday, officially launching the business of actually writing an indictment against President Trump. The AP reports the question is no longer whether to impeach Trump. It's on what charges—abuse of power or obstruction or both—and the strength of the Democrats' case that Trump's pressure on Ukraine was not just improper but impeachable. What you need to know:

  • The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday voted to send its 300-page report on Trump's conduct to the Judiciary Committee, which will write the articles of impeachment against Trump. The report doesn't offer a judgment on whether Trump's actions stemming from a July 25 phone call with Ukraine rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" warranting impeachment. The entire House will decide that question as soon as this month.

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