Three prominent legal scholars testified Wednesday during the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing that President Trump committed impeachable offenses in an attempt to leverage White House aid earmarked for Ukraine against his political rivals.
One after another, the trio, called to testify by Democrats, told the committee that, according to evidence mounted against Trump, he was guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as well as other impeachable actions.
Pamela Karlan, professor at Stanford Law School, said “the very idea that a president might seek the aid of a foreign government in his reelection campaign would have horrified” America’s Founding Fathers.
“But based on the evidentiary record, that is what President Trump has done,” she added.
Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman contended that “a president who puts himself above the law has committed an impeachable offense.”
“Because if the president was not impeachable, he would not be responsible to anybody,” Feldman said.
Michael Gerhardt, University of North Carolina School of Law professor, said the Mueller report cites at least five incidences that indicate Trump obstructed justice related to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
But Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor and the sole Republican witness before the committee, testified that Democrats shouldn’t rush to impeach Trump, saying they haven’t yet crafted an airtight case for obstruction or bribery charges against the president.