Constitutional law experts to testify at impeachment hearing involving President Donald Trump

Dec. 3 (UPI) — After a two-week hiatus, House Democrats will resume public hearings Wednesday in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump by questioning four constitutional law experts on Capitol Hill.

The House judiciary committee will hold the hearing at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday. The panel issued the witness list Monday, which includes professors Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School, Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina School of Law and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School.

Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler has framed the proceedings as an exploration of “the historical and constitutional basis for impeachment” charges against the president.

Last weekend, the White House declined an invitation to attend Wednesday’s hearing. Presidential counsel Pat Cipollone said the administration won’t participate in a process that “violates all past historical precedent, basic due process rights and fundamental fairness.”

Nadler called the White House response “unfortunate.”

“The American people deserve transparency,” he said.

Wednesday’s hearing is the judiciary committee’s first in the impeachment proceedings. Previous hearings were held by the House intelligence committee, which has been aided in the probe by the oversight and foreign affairs committees. Investigators are trying to determine whether Trump leveraged military aid to Ukraine for an investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The investigation arose from a whistle-blower complaint filed by an intelligence official who voiced concern for a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump asked for the Biden investigations.

“If the president thinks the call was ‘perfect’ and there is nothing to hide then he would turn over the thousands of pages of documents requested by Congress, allow witnesses to testify instead of blocking testimony with baseless privilege claims, and provide any exculpatory information that refutes the overwhelming evidence of his abuse of power,” Nadler said.

“I did nothing wrong,” Trump told reporters in London Tuesday, where he attended events celebrating the 70th anniversary of NATO.

“The impeachment witch hunt, it’s really just a continuation of the hoax that’s been taking place for the last three years, and I think you know that.”

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