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Politics Trump impeachment case enters historic next phase in House Judiciary Committee

12:41  04 december  2019
12:41  04 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The House Judiciary Committee recommended the impeachment of Donald Trump in a party-line vote The votes to advance the articles of impeachment for consideration by the full House next week will inevitably lead to Trump becoming only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached .

The investigation into President Donald Trump enters a historic next phase on Wednesday as the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the constitutional grounds for drafting articles of impeachment.

Jerrold Nadler wearing a suit and tie: House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., directs the final vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt on Capitol Hill, May 8, 2019.© J. Scott Applewhite/AP House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., directs the final vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt on Capitol Hill, May 8, 2019.

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The process of drawing up any articles, now becoming increasingly likely, could begin shortly after members question legal and constitutional experts about what the Constitution requires.

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In a grave repudiation of President Donald Trump 's conduct, the House Judiciary Committee voted Friday to send articles of impeachment to the full House , marking only the fourth time a president has faced such a move.

The historic impeachment battle in the House of Representatives entered a new phase on Wednesday, as four of the nation's top constitutional law professors testified about whether President Donald Trump should face a trial in the Senate. Three of the scholars who testified, each invited by

Three witnesses have been called by Democrats: Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School, Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School, and Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Testifying for Republicans will be Jonathan Turley of The George Washington University Law School.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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Expected to be highly contentious, the hearing comes a day after the House Intelligence Committee, led by Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, published its report on its investigation into alleged misconduct by the president in regard to Ukraine.

Much of the focus now will be on the Judiciary Committee's Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler, and whether he can control Republican objections and maintain the momentum of the Democrats' impeachment drive -- an effort that Trump on Tuesday once again called a "hoax."

Trump has turned down an invitation from Nadler that he and his lawyers participate.

ABC News and ABC News Live will provide complete live coverage of Wednesday's hearing.

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