The Latest: GOP seeks to undermine Dems's impeachment case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest hearings in the House on the impeachment of President Donald Trump (always local): 3:30 pm. Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee are trying to undermine the case of Democrats for dismissing President Donald Trump. A Republican congressman, Louie Gohmert of Texas, complains that the committee has not had enough time to review the report of the House Intelligence Committee on the recall. He also says that none of the experts in law at Wednesday's hearing had first-hand knowledge of the events in question. The political trial investigation focuses on a July 25 phone call that Trump had with the new president of Ukraine. The Intelligence Committee report presents evidence that Democrats say Trump was trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Republicans in the Judiciary Committee have used their five-minute assignments to criticize the political trial process and defend Trump, instead of asking law professors questions. Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot calls the process of impeachment a partisan exercise and that impeachment driven by Democrats is inevitable because they don't like Trump. ___ 1:20 p.m. A law professor and witness of the Republicans is explaining to lawmakers why he thinks it would be a mistake to accuse President Donald Trump. Jonathan Turley teaches at George Washington University and is one of four professors who testify Wednesday in the House's political trial investigation. Turley tells the members of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that he believes that the political trial procedures are being rushed without reason. He says that removing a president takes time and work and is not an impulse buying item. Turley also says that the evidence against Trump is not strong enough to meet the threshold of an impeccable crime. He says that the president's behavior does not give rise to any reasonable interpretation of crimes such as bribery. The other three professors who testified on Wednesday disagreed, saying the evidence was there for the accusation. The political trial investigation focuses on a July 25 phone call that Trump had with the new president of Ukraine. The political trial report written by the Democrats of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee shows evidence that Trump was trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, effectively intervening in the next 2020 elections in the United States. ___ 11:25 a.m. Four law faculty professors are giving lessons about the history of the United States and presidential politics while testifying in the House's political trial investigation. Several of the experts say they believe that President Donald Trump's conduct with Ukraine meets the definition of crimes and misdemeanors required in the Constitution for objectionable crimes. Pamela Karlan, from Stanford Law School, says Trump's encouragement to the president of Ukraine that the Ukrainian leader investigate Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden is an especially serious abuse of power because it undermines democracy itself. Noah Feldman, of Harvard Law School, says the Founding Fathers thought it was essential that a US president could be removed from office and not be considered above the law. Feldman tells lawmakers that Trump's behavior embodies the editors' concern that a president in office would corruptly abuse powers. But another professor, Jonathan Turley, of George Washington University, warns not to try to accuse Trump. Turley says he believes the political trial case would collapse and that he didn't have enough evidence and evidence. ___ 11:20 a.m. A `` joke. '' This is how President Donald Trump describes the impeachment report of the House Intelligence Committee. Trump addresses the political trial investigation while attending a NATO summit in London. The president says that dismissal is a dirty word that should be reserved for crimes and misdemeanors. The political trial investigation focuses on a July 25 telephone call that Trump had with the president of Ukraine. The report written by the Democrats presents evidence that Trump was trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, effectively intervening in the next 2020 elections in the United States. Trump says that in this case, there has been no crime, not even a small crime. He recounts how the president of Ukraine said he felt no pressure and claims that Ukrainian officials do not understand what the political trial investigation is about. Trump complains that House Democrats are holding political trial hearings while he is out of the country at the NATO meeting. ___ 11:15 a.m. The president of the Judicial Committee of the House says that the House `` cannot wait for the elections to address the current crisis, '' as the committee holds its first hearing to consider the dismissal of President Donald Trump. Democrat Jerrold Nadler of New York says that if Congress does not keep Trump under control now, he will almost certainly try again to request interference in the elections for his personal political benefit. The committee is deciding whether to write articles of political judgment after an investigation by the House of Representatives concluded that Trump abused the power of his office for personal political gain when he urged the President of Ukraine to investigate the US Democrats. The main Republican of the committee, the representative Doug Collins of Georgia, says that the process of political trial led by majority Democrats is a disgrace and a farce. Republicans tried to interrupt the start of the hearing by asking for repeated procedural motions and votes. Collins says this is not a political trial, it is a simple railroad job. This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by timesofindia.com and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)

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