Melania Trump slams scholar for mentioning son in impeachment hearing

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had barely announced the impeachment of President Donald Trump, before the California Democrat and the embattled president were verbally clubbing each other - and in Pelosi's case, the media.

Democrats warned that President Donald Trump must be stopped from enlisting foreign interference in US elections and Republicans said there are no grounds for removing him from office.

Pelosi has generally dominated confrontations with Trump all year in her second turn as House speaker, second in line to the presidency. "He's allowed to do that; we have three branches, not two. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections". It's your abuse of power.

While minor younger people of presidents delight in every so continuously bought criticism and scrutiny, it is always been a convention in Washington to bewitch first younger people out of the political fray.

A Harvard Law School Professor and public intellectual, Noah Feldman is an expert in constitutional law and the legal aspects of religion. "I think that he is cruel when he doesn't deal with helping our Dreamers, of which we are very proud of. But I do regret having said that", Karlan said during the hearing later in the day.

"Now, putting yourself above the law as president is the core of an impeachable offense because if the president could not be impeached for that, he would in fact not be responsible to anybody".

Trump's "refusal to comply with those subpoenas is an independent event. It's a direct assault on the legitimacy of this inquiry, which is crucial to the exercise of this power", he said.

President Trump's conduct described in the testimony and evidence clearly constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution.

"This will mean that the beyond important and seldom used act of Impeachment will be used routinely to attack future Presidents".

"When they say explicitly in the Constitution that the president can be impeached and removed from office for bribery, they weren't referring to a statute", said Karlan.

He said the instances included Trump's attempt to have Mueller fired, dangling pardons for former top aides and intimidating his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to prevent him from testifying. "And today is simply a waste of time", Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the ranking Republican on the committee, said.

Democrats have accused Trump of abusing his power by withholding US$391 million (S$532 million) in security aid to Ukraine - a USA ally facing Russian aggression - to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce the investigation.

Ms. Pelosi's move was widely expected, following a string of explosive hearings and a scathing report by the House intelligence committee into Mr. Trump's actions.

Now, she's leading an impeachment inquiry that's roiled Capitol Hill and the sharply divided nation.

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