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"And we begin tonight with the Astorg next step in the impeachment inquiry at a very combative one that played out today. On Capitol Hill the heated proceedings in front of the House Judiciary Committee the witnesses. Constitutional Law Scholars. who were asked was president? Trump's conduct on Ukraine impeachable. Three witnesses telling the committee yes arguing. The president abused his power for his own personal political game. The Republican witness saying the Democrats. Don't have the evidence that this is being rushed and tonight the unexpected moment when one of the witnesses brought up the president's youngest son to make a point it was not well received by many tonight. She's apologizing president trump meanwhile L. flying back to Washington tonight and lashing out this evening. What we've learned the president's team already looking ahead to what they want it? A Senate trial Terry Moran Lead US off from the hill tonight tonight. It was a highly partisan and dramatic day the first high stakes hearing in the judiciary committee featuring constitutional scholars and the issue before the panel does the evidence show that what president trump did on Ukraine rises to the level of an impeachable. Offense President has shown us his pattern of conduct. If we do not ah act to hold them in check now. President trump will almost certainly try again to solicit interference in the election for his personal political legal game. But this is not an impeachment. This is just a simple railroad job in today's is a waste of time right out of the gate three out of the four scholars. The ones chosen by Democrats testified that the president should be impeached. And I just want to stress that if this were if what we're talking about is not impeachable the nothing is impeachable if we cannot impeach a president who abuses his office for personal advantage we no longer live in a democracy. That's why the framers created the possibility of impeachment. The very idea that the president might seek the aid of a foreign government in his reelection campaign would have horrified them based on the evidentiary record. That is what President Trump has done Stanford law professor. Pamela Carlin said the president's alleged actions withholding nearly four hundred million dollars in USA approved by Congress simply for personal political. Gain has never happened before the evidence reveals a president who used the powers of his office to demand that a foreign government participate in undermining competing candidate for the presidency. Tendency Garland said over the Thanksgiving holiday. She read every with this transcript and she pointed out what she found. Most troubling and the most chilling line for me of the entire process was the following ambassador. Silence said he had to announce the investigations. He's talking about a presence Alinsky had to announce the investigations he. He didn't actually have to do them as I understood it. And then he said I never heard Mr Goldman anyone say that the investigations had to start or had to be completed. The only thing I heard from Mr Giuliani or otherwise was they had to be announced in some form and what I took that to mean was this was not about whether Vice President Biden actually actually committed corruption or not. This was about injuring. Somebody who the president thinks of as a particularly a particularly hard opponent donents but law professor Jonathan Turley called by Republicans said he did not vote for trump but he is still troubled by the Democrats impeachment inquiry in an agitated good time in our country. I get it. You're mad. The president's mad my Republican friends are mad. My Democratic friends. Rents are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad. He's a Democrats. Don't would have the evidence they need. There's a difference between requesting investigations and a quid pro quo. You need to stick the landing on quid pro quo. You need to get the evidence to support it. It might be out there. I don't know but it's not in this record. And he added. The Democrats are rushing this. It's a the perfect storm. You set an incredibly short period. Demand a huge amount of information and when the president goes to court you then impeach him in Nixon listen to the courts and Nixon lost and that was the reason. Nixon resigned house speaker. Nancy Pelosi Oh surging house democrats quote. Are you ready. While Vice President Mike Pence Rallying Republicans to turn up the heat on the Democrats and back in that hearing room. Republicans were were furious when one of those law professors argued that the constitution does not make trump a king driving the point home with a quip about the president's son done so while the president can name his son Barron. He can't make him a baron. When you invoke the president sons named here when you try to make a little joke out out of referencing Barron trump that does not lend credibility to your argument? It makes you look mean it makes you look like you're attacking someone's family the minor child of the president of the United States. So let's see if we can get into the facts to all of the witnesses. If you have personal knowledge of a single material fact in the shift report please raise your hand and let the record reflect no personal knowledge of a single fact so after that moment today. Let's get to Terry Moran Tonight as live on the hill in Terry I the apology. Not just in tonight from that law scholar who brought up the president's youngest son that's right Stanford Law Professor Pamela Cartland at the end of the hearing said this I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president's son. It was wrong of me to do that it was. I wish the president would apologize. Obviously for the things that he's done that are wrong but I do regret having he said that. In the meantime Terry where does this go from here. It seems to be moving very quickly and news tonight from the president's legal team suggesting they believe a Senate trial is a certainty. And what do they want a senior trial. The president is a tough litigator and he's planning a scorched earth defense they want a full Senate trial including the president wants to the ability to call witnesses. Braff perhaps live in the Senate chamber itself He wants the Republican leadership has already blocked out the entire month of January. This is essentially eventually away and no one should be surprised at the president using the trial to put his accusers on trial."