Landmark Impeachment Hearing Comes Amid Political Divides

December 04, 2019 - 5:30 am

The House Judiciary Committee will have a public hearing Wednesday into the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Tuesday, Democrats released the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment report written by Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which stated: "President Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign."

"The President demanded that the newly-elected Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, publicly announce investigations into a political rival that he apparently feared the most, former Vice President Joe Biden, and into a discredited theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 presidential election. To compel the Ukrainian President to do his political bidding, President Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a coveted White House visit and critical U.S. military assistance Ukraine needed to fight its Russian adversary," the report said.

Schiff was on the KNX In-Depth show Tuesday afternoon to discuss the newly released report:

Monday, Republicans released a report of their own, citing that "evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor."

"The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system. The Democrats are trying to impeach a duly elected President based on the accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats who disagreed with President Trump’s policy initiatives and processes. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats were discomforted by an elected President’s telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky," the report from the Republicans says.

Democrats have been saying that President Trump allegedly abused presidential powers during his interactions with Ukraine -- by using aid to ask President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate not only former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, but also investigate meddling in the 2016 election. 

While in London this week for meetings with NATO, Trump called out the Democrats, saying the impeachment push was “unpatriotic."

Recently, the White House said it wouldn't appear at the Wednesday hearing. 

The hearing will include testimony from constitutional law experts.

Republicans will call Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, while Democrats will call Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford, Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law professor and Michael Gerhardt, a law professor at the University of North Carolina.

Trump has maintained he has done nothing wrong.

“I think it's a bad thing for our country," Trump said this week.