WASHINGTON, The US House Judiciary Committee held on Monday its second public hearing in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump amid deepening partisan divide.
Opening the session, the Democratic Chair of the Committee Jerry Nadler said, “The evidence shows that Donald J. Trump, the president of the United States, has put himself before his country.” “He (Trump) has violated his most basic responsibilities to the people; he has broken his oath,” Nadler stressed. “If he puts himself before the country in a manner that threatens our democracy, then our oath and our promise to the American people require us to come to the defense of the nation,” he added.
On a similar note, Daniel Goldman, the Democratic Counsel of the Intelligence Committee, said, “President Trump’s persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security.” On the other hand, Doug Collins, Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, said, “Nobody understands really what the majority is trying to do except interfere and basically make sure that they believe the President can’t win next year if he is impeached.” “If you are going to write the articles of impeachment, go ahead and write them,” he told the Democrats.
Meanwhile, Stephen Castor, a Republican counsel, accused Democrats of trying to impeach President Trump since the first day of his tenure.
“The artificial and arbitrary political deadline by which Democrats are determined to finish impeachment by Christmas leads to a rush process and missed opportunities to obtain relevant information,” he argued. “Democrats avoided the accommodations process required by federal courts in disputes between Congress and the executive. “Democrats declined to attempt to negotiate with the administration for the production of documents and witnesses. Democrats did not exhaust all their options to entice witnesses. I am saying that both countries can work to influence an election,” Castor added.
Source: Kuwait News Agency