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Democrats Pack Judiciary Impeachment Hearing with Anti-Trump Activists

House Judiciary Dems using 'resistance' lawyers and witnesses for first hearing

 on 5th December 2019 @ 12.00am
democrats have packed the house judiciary committee impeachment hearing with anti trump activists © press
Democrats have packed the House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing with anti-Trump activists

As the first House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing got underway on Wednesday, Democrats opted to pack out the proceedings with hardcore anti-Trump "resistance" activists.

Judiciary Dems drafted in an anti-Trump lawyer to question witnesses during the hearing.

Democrats on the committee, led by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), selected former Obama Administration attorney Norm Eisen on Tuesday to lead the questioning of witnesses.

Eisen was reportedly over Barry Berke, who was expected to be used.

Eisen served in former President Obama's administration before joining the Brookings Institution.

He is also a co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and a frequent CNN commentator.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) started the first anti-Trump impeachment hearing on Wednesday

Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio revealed the unexpected choice of Eisen on Tuesday.

Eisen is a frequent Trump critic and member of the so-called “#Resistance,” accoridng to the Daily Caller.

He even floated impeachment on his Twitter account before Trump ever took office.

The Democrats’ witness list also raises questions about potential bias against the president, as two out of the three witnesses they called are, in additional to being constitutional lawyers, Democratic donors. 

Pamela Karlan has donated over $10,000 to numerous Democratic candidates, such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Doug Jones, while Michael Gerhardt donated $1000 to Barack Obama in 2007.

The New York Times describes Karlan as a “legal leader to progressive causes,” pointing out that she is on the board of the “left-leaning” American Constitution Society and that she signed a letter in 2016 from constitutional law scholars expressing “concerns” about Trump’s rhetoric.

Gerhardt, meanwhile, worked on Al Gore’s Senate campaign and helped with Bill Clinton’s transition team.

lawyer norm eisen  right  is a hardcore anti trump activist who served in the obama administration © press
Lawyer Norm Eisen (right) is a hardcore anti-Trump activist who served in the Obama Administration

The third Democratic witness, Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law professor, has called for a special counsel to investigate Rudy Giuliani’s actions in Ukraine and warned that Attorney General Bill Barr could become a “target” of the probe.

Republicans, meanwhile, chose George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley as their lone witness during Wednesday’s proceedings.

Turley is a frequent legal commentator on cable news and has been open to impeachment if warranted but skeptical of the Democrats’ arguments for removing Trump.

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