Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law School professor, said he considered it clear that the president's conduct met the definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors".
While Napolitano mentioned his friendship with Turley, he said that Turley was "forgetting" that the House has sole-"s-o-l-e"-power of impeachment".
Republicans, however, drew up a report of their own that provides a full-throated defense of the President's contacts with Ukraine and rejects the Democratic allegations that Trump abused his office or committed any other impeachable offense. "You are doing precisely what you're criticizing the president for doing".
"Contrary to what President Trump has said, Article 2 [of the Constitution] does not give him the power to do anything he wants", testified Pamela Karlan, a professor at Stanford Law School. "Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections - not demand it". It was Sondland who offered some of the most damaging testimony, including his memorable admission that there was a "quid pro quo" that conditioned a coveted White House meeting between Trump and Zelensky on the Ukrainian president's public announcement of the investigations sought by Trump.
If left unchecked, the president will likely continue his pattern of soliciting foreign interference on his behalf in the next election.
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At the time of the call, the Trump administration was withholding $391 million in congressionally mandated military and financial aid from Ukraine.
Trump told reporters in London, where he was attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, that he doubted many people would watch the live hearing "because it's going to be boring".
"We're looking forward to making the Democrats pay the opportunity cost for this impeachment", he stated. If one or more of the articles are approved by a simple majority of the chamber, Donald Trump will, in fact, have been impeached - at which point the Senate will hold an impeachment trial, to be overseen by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Democrats once hoped to sway Republicans to consider Trump's removal, but they are now facing a ever-hardening partisan split over the swift-moving proceedings that are dividing Congress and the country.
The hearing follows the release and adoption of the House Intelligence Committee's report on the Ukraine affair. At the time, Trump was withholding $400 million in military aid, jeopardizing key support as Ukraine faces an aggressive Russian Federation at its border. The White House was invited to participate in the proceedings, but the White House counsel's office said earlier this week that it would, for all intents and purposes, boycott this initial step.
Publicly, Pelosi has repeatedly insisted no decisions have been made about whether to draft articles of impeachment against Trump or what the articles, if drafted, would even cover. That begins today in the House Judiciary Committee.