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Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds

Light shines on the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, early Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, prior to scheduled testimony from Constitutional law experts at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Photo: AP/ Patrick Semansky
Light shines on the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, early Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, prior to scheduled testimony from Constitutional law experts at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Updated: December 04, 2019 09:23 PM

Latest impeachment update of Wednesday at 3 p.m. 

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There may have been four law professors at the House impeachment hearing, but most lawmakers limited their questions to witnesses summoned by their own party, if they asked any at all.

That's a key takeaway from Wednesday's hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Another is that three of the witnesses made clear they thought President Donald Trump's conduct met the constitutional definition of an impeachable offense.

The lone dissenter was a George Washington University professor who said he found the case against Trump legally weak. 

The House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing quickly exploded into partisan infighting Wednesday. 

Democrats warned that President Donald Trump must be stopped from enlisting foreign interference in U.S. elections and Republicans said there are no grounds for removing him from office. 

At the same time Vice President Mike Pence was huddling with House Republicans on Capitol Hill. 

House report outlines evidence for Trump impeachment

Senate Republicans are to meet privately with the White House counsel. 

The Judiciary Committee is responsible for drafting articles of impeachment. 

Democrats say the Republican president misused the power of his office and obstructed Congress' investigation. 

Trump has denied doing anything wrong.

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