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A Republican lawyer undermined himself during the impeachment hearing

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Today, one thing became crystal clear: Donald Trump is exactly the president the Founding Fathers sought to protect the American people from. Americans got a history lesson and a reminder of what's at stake.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) have finally agreed on something. Both said that the facts at hand are not in dispute. The newly released House Impeachment Report laid bare the plot to extort Ukraine into investigating President Trump's political targets, and Republicans no longer appear to be contesting that. Now, their only remaining defense is that what Trump did is not impeachable.

The witnesses today were law professors Pamela Karlan, Noah Feldman, and Michael Gerhardt, who were picked by the Democratic majority, and Republican-picked Professor Jonathan Turley. While Democrats sought to depict a bird’s-eye view of President Trump's misconduct and the impeachment clause, Republicans sought to move goalposts that would set a precedent for future presidential lawlessness.

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After Republicans on the committee trolled Chairman Nadler with interruptive parliamentary inquires, House Democrats were finally able to allow the professors to read their opening statements. Democratic Counsel Norm Eisen's subsequent questioning focused on defining a few key areas: abuse of power, high crimes and misdemeanors,........

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