The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee called several Constitutional law professors as witnesses, and to no one’s surprise, each found the president had committed impeachable offenses. Again, to no one’s surprise, the lone witness for the Republicans disputed that claim, but at least he did so with humor.
For the Democrats, Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman wrote Trump had abused his office when he asked the Ukrainian President to announce an investigation into a political rival.
Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina law school wrote that evidence shows Tromp has been involved in bribery, abuse of power in soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader to benefit his political campaign, obstructing Congress and obstructing justice, all of which are impeachable offenses.
Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford University law school also wrote that Trump had abused his power by demanding foreign involvement in the upcoming U.S. election. Trump’s actions “struck at the very heart of what makes this country the ‘republic’ to which we pledge allegiance.”
For the Republicans, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at Georgetown University, took issue with Trump’s conduct, but said the evidence doesn’t support impeachment.
“One can oppose President Trump’s policies or actions but still conclude that the current legal case for impeachment is not just woefully inadequate, but in some respects, dangerous, as the basis for the impeachment of an American president.”
“I get it. You are mad. The President is mad. My Democratic friends are mad. My Republican friends are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog is mad – and Luna is a golden doodle and they are never mad.”