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The facts before us are clear: president trump did not merely seek to benefit from foreign interference in our elections he directly and explicitly invited foreign interference in our election. America will see why most people don't go to law school, no offense to our professors. But please really we're bringing you in here today to test found stuff that most of you've already written about all fo ...
for the opinions that we already know out of the classrooms. That maybe you're getting ready for finals in to discuss things that you probably haven't even had a chance late unless you're really good on tv and watching the hearings for the last couple of weeks, you couldn't have possibly actuallydigested the adam schiff report from yesterday, or the Republican response in any real way now we can be theoretical all we want, but the american people is really gon na. Look at this and say huh the basis of the testimony and the evidence before the house. President trump has committed impeachable, high crimes and misdemeanors by corruptly abusing the office of the presidency, i'm concerned about lowering impeachment standards to fit a paucity of evidence and an abundance of anger. I believe this impeachment not only fails to satisfy the standard of past impeachments. It would create a dangerous precedent for future impeachment here. Mr. collins, i would like to say to you, sir, that i read transcripts ofevery one of the witnesses who appeared in the life hearing, because i would not speak about these things without reviewing the facts. So i'm insulted by the suggestion that, as a law professor, i don't care about those facts, but everything i read on those occasions tells me that when president trump invited indeed demanded foreign involvement in our upcoming election, he struck at the very heart of what makes this A republic to which we pledge allegiance that demand, as professor feldman just explained, constituted an abuse of power. The principle that in this country no one is king.

We have followed that principle since before the founding of the constitution, and it is recognized around the worldas - a fixed, inspiring american ideal. This impeachment would rival that johnson impeachment as the shortest in history, depending on how one counts the relevant days. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad and loon is a golden doodle and they don't get mad well, and the slipshod impeachment make us less mad. Will it only invite an invitation for the madness to follow every future administration? That is why this is wrong. There are some additional high crimes and misdemeanors that are specifically identified in the text of the constitution. Correct, yes, that's true: what are they treason and by bribery? Do president trump's demands on ukraine also established the high crime of bribery? Yes, they dothe molar report cites a number of facts that indicate the president. United states obstructed justice and that's an impeachable offense, a president who will not cooperate. An impeachment inquiry is putting himself above the law. Imagine a bank robbery and the police come and the persons in the middle of bank robbery and the person then drops the money and says i i'm gon na leave without the money everybody understands. That'S bert, that's robert. I mean that's burglar i'll, get it right.

Yeah and in this situation, we've got somebody really caught in the middle of it and that doesn't excuse the person from the consequences. Impeachments have to be based on proof, not presumptions. That'S the problem. Whenyou move towards impeachment on this abbreviated schedule. That has not been explained to me why you want to set the record for the fastest impeachment. Did you write an article entitled it's hard to take impeachment seriously now? Yes, i did write that back. You did it on time. 14. I wrote it right since in since, like 2018 midterm election house democrats have made it painfully clear that discussing impeachment is primarily or even exclusively a tool to weaken president trump's chances in 2020. Did you write those words until this call in july 25th? I was an impeachment skeptic they're all changed my mind, sir, and for appreciate your testimony. Hey nbc news viewers thanks for checkingout our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights, and digital exclusives thanks for watching.



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