The Democrats-led impeachment process against US President Donald Trump moved from the evidence phase to the prosecution phase on Wednesday as the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee heard testimony from constitutional law experts about the basis for impeachment. It was the committee’s first impeachment hearing following investigation processes. Its goal is to establish the standards for impeachment to determine whether actions by Trump meet the constitutional threshold for removing a president from office. Democrats are expected to draft articles of impeachment as soon as next week. The three law professors invited by Democrats who control the committee－Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Pamela Karlan of Stanford University and Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina－agreed that Trump’s conduct far exceeded the high crimes and misdemeanors bar set in the Constitution and warrant impeachment and removal from office. “The president’s serious misconduct, including bribery, soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader in exchange for his exercise of power, and obstructing justice and Congress are worse than the misconduct of any prior president,” said Gerhardt, who testified during 1998 impeachment proceedings against former US president Bill Clinton. “If what we’re talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. This is… Read full this story
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