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Panel Releases Final Impeachment Argument

Also, some Democrats want libertarian Justin Amash as an impeachment manager
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 16, 2019 11:20 AM CST
The US Capitol in Washington on Friday night.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The House Judiciary Committee released a sweeping report Monday bolstering the case for impeaching President Trump, laying out the rationale and charges that accuse him of betraying the nation for his own political gain. The 650-page report comes two days before the full House will vote on two articles of impeachment and formally lays the groundwork for the vote, per the AP. Trump "betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections," says the report. It was submitted to the House Rules Committee, which will meet Tuesday to set parameters for Wednesday's debate. The panel summarized the evidence for impeachment compiled by the House Intelligence Committee and said Trump "has demonstrated he will remain a threat to national security and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office."

In dissent, Republicans on the panel denounced the materials submitted by Democrats. "The paltry record on which the majority relies is an affront to the constitutional process of impeachment and will have grave consequences for future presidents," said Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the panel's top Republican. "The quicker the majority report and the majority's actions are forgotten, the better." Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that a group of freshmen Democrats is pushing for libertarian Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan to serve as one of the impeachment managers during the process. Amash left the Republican Party earlier this year and is now an independent. Democrats pushing for him say it would lend credibility to the process to have a conservative voice involved.

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