The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Monday morning at which lawyers for Democrats and Republicans plan to make cases for and against the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Early in the hearing, a person in the audience shouted at Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) as he was delivering his opening statement.
“Youre the one committing treason,” he shouted at Nadler. “We voted for Donald Trump,” he added. Nadler brought the gavel down several times before telling the audience that theyre there to observe only.
The person said that Nadler and the Democrats are committing “treason toward this country” before he was ejected from the hearing room.
In his opening statement, Nadler said that “impeachment is a solemn, serious undertaking” before adding that it exists to address threats to democracy. “We surely agree … including especially the president of the United States to use his office for private gain,” he also told the hearing.
Ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said, “Where is the impeachable offense?” He added that Democrats are the ones who are interfering with elections.
“This is just a fatal distraction on a president that they dont like,” Collins said of Democrats tactics. “The entire case” for impeachment is “based on presumption,” Collins remarked.
Daniel Goldman, the Judiciary Committee lawyer for the Democrats, and Stephen R. Castor, the Judiciary Committee lawyer for the Republicans, are presenting evidence. Reports stated that a different Republican lawyer will be present.
The presidents team declined the invitation on Monday and called on House Democrats to immediately end the inquiry.
“House Democrats have wasted enough of Americas time with this charade,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Nadler last week minutes before the Judiciary Committees deadline. “You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings.”