Legal experts called by Democrats tell Congress that Trump's actions are impeccable

* Four law professors testify before the Judicial Committee of the Chamber * Democrats say Mueller's report can take into account dismissal charges * Expert chosen by Republicans calls for the trial of political judgment (updates, adds audience details) By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Reuters) - Three legal experts told US lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival amounted to attributable crimes, at a hearing that laid the groundwork for charges Formal against the president. . Democrats leading the effort said they can look beyond their relations with Ukraine as they write articles of political judgment, to include their previous efforts to prevent the investigation of former special advisor Robert Mueller on the relations of his campaign with Russia. It doesn't matter that President Trump felt that these investigations were unfair to him. It matters that you have used your office, not only to defend yourself, but to obstruct investigators at all times, said Judicial Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. The political trial investigation, launched in September, focuses on Trump's request that Ukraine conduct investigations that may harm political rival Joe Biden, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Wednesday's hearing was the first of the committee to examine whether Trump's actions qualify as crimes and misdemeanors punishable by political trial under the United States Constitution. Three law professors elected by the Democrats made it clear during the long session that they believed Trump's actions constituted impeccable crimes. If what we are talking about is not impeccable, then nothing is impeccable, said University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt. But George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, who was invited by Republicans, said the investigation was moving too fast and lacked the testimony of people with direct knowledge of the relevant events. He said he saw no clear evidence of illegal conduct. There is much more anger than reason, said Turley, adding that he did not vote for Trump. At some point as a people we have to have a serious discussion about the reasons for removing a duly elected president. Trump has denied acting badly. In London for a NATO meeting, he called a report of House Democrats published on Tuesday that established possible grounds for political trial as a joke and seemed to question the patriotism of Democrats, asking: Do you actually love our country? 'PARTISAN REPRESENTATION' Democrats who control the House of Representatives can vote before the end of the year for impeachment charges that could include abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice. Lawmakers say that so far no decision has been made on what items to pursue. The Republican-controlled Senate would have to vote to eliminate Trump from power. Republicans in both houses have stayed with the president, criticizing the political trial effort as an attempt to undo his surprise victory in the 2016 elections. This is a partisan accusation and is tearing the country apart, said Republican representative Debbie Lesko. The focus of the investigation is a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter Biden and a discredited theory promoted by Trump's allies that Ukraine, not Russia, it meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections. Hunter Biden joined the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was vice president of the United States. Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption without offering evidence. They have denied acting wrong. Democrats accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding $ 391 million in security assistance from Ukraine, a US ally facing Russian aggression, to pressure Zelenskiy to announce that he was investigating Biden and the 2016 elections . The money, approved by Congress, was handed over to Ukraine in September only after the controversy spread in public view. Trump has instructed current and former members of his administration not to testify or produce documents, and top officials, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, challenge the House's subpoenas. The Republicans focused their questions on Turley, who largely supported his opinion that the Democrats had not defended the accusation, although he did say that taking advantage of US military aid to investigate a political opponent if proven, can be a impeccable crime. The Democrats tried to support their case by focusing their questions on the other three experts: Gerhardt, Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman and Stanford University law professor Pam Karlan, who said the accusation was justified. Karlan got a strong response from Republicans for an observation on how Trump did not enjoy the unlimited power of a king. While the president can name his son Barron, he can't make him a baron, he said. White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham on Twitter called Karlan classless, and the first lady, Melania Trump, said Karlan should be ashamed of her very angry and obviously partial public complacency for mentioning her 13-year-old son . Republican Tom McClintock asked legal witnesses if they voted for Trump. They refused to answer. No president has been removed from office for dismissal, although Republican Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 after the House began the impeachment process in the Watergate corruption scandal. Two other presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, were charged by the House but acquitted by the Senate. The committee could soon recommend political trial articles against Trump, establishing a possible vote by the entire House before Christmas, followed by a Senate trial in January. (Report by David Morgan and Susan Cornwell; Additional report by Patricia Zengerle, Doina Chiacu, Richard Cowan and Lisa Lambert in Washington and Steve Holland in London; Writing by Alistair Bell and Andy Sullivan; Edition by Ross Colvin, Will Dunham and Peter Cooney) 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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