Abuse of power, bribery, obstruction: Democrats’ impeachment plan takes shape

UPDATED to include comments from Arizona members of the Judiciary Committee

A list of high crimes and misdemeanors are listed on a monitor as constitutional scholars Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Pamela Karlan of Stanford University, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 4, 2019. The Judiciary Committee will decide whether to draft official articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
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By Robin Bravender | Arizona Mirror

House Democrats are laying the framework for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. As the House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Democrats signaled that they intend to accuse Trump of abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice. 

The lawyer for Judiciary Committee Democrats, Norm Eisen, pressed witnesses to testify specifically about each of those topics, which he labeled “high crimes and misdemeanors.” 

The hearing comes after the House Intelligence Committee approved a report Tuesday night that details allegations that Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate Trump’s political rival. 

Legal scholars told House lawmakers at Wednesday’s hearing that they believe the president is guilty of impeachable offenses. 

Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Jim Jordan, Ken Buck, Rep. Mike Johnson and Rep. Andy Biggs huddle during a break in the hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 4, 2019./ABC News 

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