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Judiciary Hearing Marked by Flaring Tempers, Partisan Arguments

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House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., right, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By    |   Monday, 09 December 2019 07:56 PM

Lawmakers ripped into each other repeatedly during the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing Monday, with both sides arguing over procedures and substance, including the Democrats' move to allow staff counsels to question each other over President Donald Trump and Ukraine. 

Committee Democrats argued that Trump's push for Kyiv to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the 2016 election abused the power of his office and posted a clear threat to U.S. democracy, reports The Hill, while Republicans argued that Trump wanted to protect American taxpayers from Ukraine corruption. 

Daniel Goldman, the senior democratic counsel, argued that Trump's efforts were a "clear and present danger" to U.S. elections and national security, but Stephen Castor, the Republican counsel, said Democrats had no proof against Trump and their case was based on "hearsay, innuendo, and presumptions."

The testimony was broken up with GOP lawmakers loudly shouting their objections, and Chairman Jerrold Nadler banging his gavel to stop them, even though they ignored his efforts to overrule them. 

Monday's hearing allowed both sides to spread their message to the public before the actual articles of impeachment that could lead to Trump's being removed from office are crafted.

For the first half of the hearing, Goldman and the other Democratic counsel, Barry Berke, argued with Castor over the parties' conflicting stories about Trump's handling of foreign policy. 

Berke moved from his place next to Castor at the witness table to sitting by Nadler, where he grilled the Republicans' lawyer over the Republicans' impeachment report. 

Republicans on the committee were angered by Berke's move, saying that he couldn't move from being a witness to questioning another one. 

“This is not appropriate to have a witness be a questioner ... it’s just wrong,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, argued loudly. “How much money do you have to give to get to do that?” 

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., also attacked Goldman about donations, propping up a sign featuring a Goldman tweet from before he became a witness. 

Yet other Republicans argued that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff should have been at the hearing to testify. 

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