The final phase of the impeachment process before a House vote kicked off Wednesday evening, marking the first day of a two-day House Judiciary Committee hearing. In a hearing that Politico describes as a "four-hour partisan slugfest," Democrats and Republicans on the 41-member panel delivered blistering opening statements ahead of a Thursday debate on the articles of impeachment, which will be followed by a vote on sending the articles to the full House. During the statements Wednesday evening, Democrats said they had a duty to stop President Trump's "constitutional crime spree," while Republicans called the impeachment "hot garbage," the AP reports. Some highlights:
- "How would you be remembered?" In his opening statement, committee chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler called the facts against Trump "overwhelming" and reminded Republicans that whatever happens, Trump won't be president forever, the Washington Post reports. "When his time has passed, when his grip on our politics is gone, when our country returns, as surely it will, to calmer times and stronger leadership, history will look back on our actions here today," the Democrat said. "How would you be remembered?"