What to expect: House Judiciary Committee hearing into the impeachment of Trump

Wednesday will start the House Judiciary Committee’s hearings into the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. News Views will host a Live Discussion and provide a link for you to watch online, if you choose.

The Democratic Party released their witness list:

  • Four constitutional, legal experts.
  • Noah Feldman, Pamela S. Karlan, Michael Gerhardt, and Jonathan Turle.
  • Professors at: Harvard, Stanford, North Carolina and George Washington university law schools, respectively.


The hearing will focus on “the framework put in place to respond to serious allegations of impeachable misconduct like those against President Trump.”

The witnesses will explain Article Two, Section 4 of the Constitution, which states a president can be “removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Treason and bribery are well defined — high crimes and misdemeanors less so.

It might not make for a blockbuster hearing, but House Democrats seem to want to generate a common understanding of that definition as members of the Judiciary Committee work to draft articles of impeachment; these will be written up based on the findings of the House Intelligence Committee, which took the lead on the first phase of the inquiry.


Members of the House Judiciary Committee include the following:

The hearing will begin at 10:00 AM ET/7:00 AM PT.

A quick glance at the stellar Republicans on this committee, indicates we’re going to see and hear some weird stuff.

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