Legal experts called by Democrats believe Trump's actions are impeccable

(Add Karlan's quote about bribery, Collins's quote) By David Morgan and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's actions to encourage Ukraine to carry out investigations that could benefit him politically represent impeccable crimes, constitutional experts called by Democrats testified before the US Congress on Wednesday when lawmakers sat down. bases for formal charges against Trump. In an audience of the House Committee of Representatives with political theater, three law professors elected by the Democrats made it clear that they believed Trump's actions constituted impeccable crimes, including abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and the obstruction of justice. A law professor selected by Trump Republicans disagreed, said the impeachment investigation led by the Democrats was neglected and rushed and lacked the testimony of people with direct knowledge of the relevant events, adding that the current evidence did not It shows that Trump has committed a clear criminal act. While Trump was on his way to a possible indictment in the House controlled by Democrats in a matter of weeks, Republican lawmakers tried to interrupt the hearing repeatedly by raising objections and points of order. One of the three professors summoned by the Democrats told the main Republican of the committee, Doug Collins, that he felt offended by the comments he made. The political trial investigation, launched in September, focuses on Trump's request on Ukraine to conduct investigations that could harm Democratic political rival Joe Biden. Collins said the recall campaign, or as he called it a railroad job, was motivated by the seated hatred that Democrats feel towards Trump since he won the 2016 election. The 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. The panel would write any political trial article (formal charges) against Trump. If the House approves such charges, the Senate will then carry out a trial on whether to remove Trump from office. Trump has denied acting badly. In London for a NATO meeting, Trump called a report of House Democrats released on Tuesday that set out the possible grounds for political trial as a joke and seemed to question the patriotism of Democrats, asking: Do they actually love our country? 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, meddled in the US UU. 2016 election. 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. Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman, who was called by the Democrats, stated that Trump's behavior embodies the concern expressed by the authors of the 18th century constitution that a practicing president would corruptly abuse powers of office to distort the result of a presidential election in his favor. If we cannot accuse a president who abuses his office to gain a personal advantage, we no longer live in a democracy. We live in a monarchy or we live under a dictatorship, Feldman added. The Stanford University law school professor, Pamela Karlan, said Trump abused his power by demanding foreign participation in an American election, adding that his actions hit the very heart of what makes this country Republic to which we swear allegiance. Karlan said Trump's actions constitute a bribe as understood by the editors of the Constitution. When asked if Trump's demands on Ukraine established the high crime of bribery, Karlan said: Yes, they do. 'A KING IN AMERICAN SOIL' The professor at the George Washington University School of Law, Jonathan Turley, the only witness chosen by the Republicans, although he said he actually voted against Trump in 2016, did not agree that the president's actions constituted bribes and said that The evidence does not adequately support the accusations of the Democrats. Still, Turley warned Trump about the call to Zelenskiy, disagreeing with the president that the conversation was perfect, and said leveraging US military aid to investigate a political opponent if proven, can be an impenetrable crime. . The law professor at the University of North Carolina, Michael Gerhardt, seemed to reprimand the Republicans for leaving the attacks of a president against our Constitution out of control. If Congress cannot dismiss here, then the impeachment process has lost all meaning and, along with that, the carefully crafted guarantees of our Constitution against the establishment of a king on American soil. No one, not even the president, is beyond the reach of our Constitution and our laws, Gerhardt said. Democrats have accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding $ 391 million in security assistance from Ukraine, a vulnerable US ally. UU. Facing Russian aggression, as a lever to pressure Kiev to carry out the two politically beneficial investigations for Trump and to grant Zelenskiy a coveted visit to the White House. The money, approved by Congress, was handed over to Ukraine in September only after the controversy spread in public view. The Judiciary Committee heard professors about how Trump's actions compare to those of two former presidents: Republican Richard Nixon, who resigned after the House of Representatives initiated the process of political trial, and Democrat Bill Clinton, who He was dismissed by the House but was not removed by the Senate. The committee could move forward in the coming weeks to recommend political trial articles against Trump, establishing a possible vote in the House before Christmas, followed by a Senate trial in January. Republicans, who control the Senate, have shown little appetite for removing Trump from office. (Report by David Morgan and Patricia Zengerle; Additional report by Doina Chiacu, Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell in Washington and Steve Holland in London; Writing by Alistair Bell Edition by Ross Colvin and Will Dunham) 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 and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)