New York. The Judicial Committee of the lower house began its process for the formulation of charges for the political trial of Donald Trump with the expected rhetorical battle and parliamentary wrestling between Democrats and Republicans, while constitutional experts offered their opinions on whether the evidence in the investigation So far, the president's impeachment deserves.
“If we cannot impeach a president who uses his power for personal advantage, we no longer live in a democracy. We live in a monarchy or dictatorship, ”said Noah Feldman, a professor of law at Harvard University, at the hearing before the Judiciary Committee, one of the three constitutional experts invited by the Democrats.
For his part, Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, invited by Republicans, argued that the process has not yet generated enough evidence to merit the formulation of formal charges against the president. "I am concerned about reducing the rules for the impeachment to adapt to the scarcity of evidence and the abundance of anger," he said, urging that more direct evidence be collected from the main actors.RELATED
The guests of the Democrats argued that the impeachment process was precisely designed for cases like the present and that the evidence proves more dangerous acts for this democracy than any other made by any president in the past.
Both sides were prepared as if they were about to start a colossal event of Roman stature.
Republicans were invited to battle by Vice President Mike Pence at the weekly meeting between the lawmakers of that party, where he was instructed to intensify his attacks on the Democrats, according to media leaked versions of the meeting.
On the other hand, the president of the lower house and Washington's most powerful democrat, Nancy Pelosi, asked her Democratic colleagues at another private meeting, "Are you ready?", By inviting the expected answer "Yes."
The expected disputes between both banks sprang up over the 300-page report delivered by the Intelligence Committee by summarizing two months of investigations by that and two other lower house committees. The report states that Trump abused his power by pressuring the Ukrainian government to announce investigations in order to damage the electoral campaigns of his Democratic opponents, thus inviting foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election, and that he later obstructed the investigation. Legislative on the matter.
Republicans again rejected the validity of the process. The senior Republican deputy in the Judiciary Committee said that "this is not impeachment" but an operation to cheat the president, calling the process "a waste of time."
Apparently, Democrats are contemplating charges around abuse of power and bribery, obstruction of Congress, and obstruction of justice – the latter implies the incorporation of formal impeachment charges based on the investigation concluded by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
It is assumed that there will be a couple of hearings before the Judicial Committee formulates the formal charges – known as “articles of impeachment” – to submit them to the full chamber and, if approved as expected, send them to the Senate where the Trump's political trial with senators functioning as a jury.
When Trump scoffed at the announcement made yesterday that Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris was withdrawing from the 2020 presidential race, sending a tweet pretending to comfort her, she also responded in a tweet: “Don't worry, Mr. President. I will see him at his trial. ”