The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday convened its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill, where three constitutional scholars testified that they believe President Trump committed impeachable offenses in his dealings with Ukraine. One witness dissented, saying more evidence is needed. For a recap of the proceedings, see links to original Yahoo News coverage as well as instant analysis from reporters in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere in the blog below.
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Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, uses his closing statement to argue "facts don't matter." He was talking about the majority party, but Democrats would argue he is talking about President Trump and his supporters in Congress.
Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., closed the hearing by quoting George Washington's farewell address warning of presidents who put their personal interests above the security of the country.
"The Constitution has a solution for a president who places his personal or political interests above those of the nation," Nadler says. "The power of impeachment."
Nadler adds that he has a three-part test for impeachment.
"Let me be clear: All three parts have been met," he says.
Pamela Karlan (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Stanford professor Pamela Karlan, who was criticized by First Lady Melania Trump and President Trump's supporters for invoking Barron Trump's name during her testimony earlier, apologizes for doing so.
"I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president's son — it was wrong of me to do that," Karlan says, adding: "I wish the president would apologize obviously for the things that he's done wrong, but I do regret that I said that."
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., listens to testimony during Wednesday's impeachment hearing. (Drew Angerer/Pool via Reuters)
Inside the House Judiciary Committee hearing room. (Mike Segar/Reuters)