Impeachment witness rebukes Republican Rep. Doug Collins in opening statement: "I'm insulted"

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"The View" co-hosts had a spirited debate on Thursday as they discussed whether Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan acted inappropriately when she made a joke referencing the president's son during the previous day's House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing.

"The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can't make him a baron", Karlan told the House Judiciary Committee.

The hearing featured political theatrics.

If Trump is impeached by the House he will face a trial in the Senate, where Republicans now hold 53 seats to the Democrats' 47.

Karlan said kings could do no wrong because their word was law.

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Articles of impeachment represent formal charges against Mr Trump and would originate in the Judiciary Committee before going to the full House.

Trump is accused of abusing the power of his office by asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into Democrat Joe Biden, his potential opponent in the 2020 presidential election.

Three U.S. constitutional experts vocally supported Democratic-led efforts to impeach President Donald Trump, testifying that his dealings with Ukraine and other actions were grounds for the president's removal from office. Noah Feldman, Pamela Karlan, and Michael Gerhardt all gave testimony that buoyed the calls for impeachment by Democrats but faced sharp criticism by the Right for coming from a place of bias.

"The evidence against the president is really about policy differences", said Representative Doug Collins, the committee's top Republican.

Stanford University law school professor Pamela Karlan said Trump abused his power by demanding foreign involvement in a USA election, adding that the president's actions "struck at the very heart of what makes this country the republic to which we pledge allegiance".

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The inquiry focuses on Trump's requests that Ukraine conduct investigations that could benefit him politically and harm Democratic political rival Joe Biden, and US$391 million (RM1.63 billion) in security aid to Ukraine that Democrats accuse Trump of using as leverage on a vulnerable USA ally.

"I don't hate anybody", she said.

Constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley was the only witness called by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee.

She went on to call Trump, the subject of only the fourth presidential impeachment inquiry in history, a "coward" on gun policy, "cruel" on immigration and "in denial" about climate issues.

"I don't think it's possible to emphasize this strongly enough". "I just heard at the hearing today, one of the Democrats' witnesses actually used the President and first lady's 13-year-old son to justify their partisan impeachment".

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Karlan later apologized for her comment, announcing, "I must articulate regret for what i said earlier in regards to the President's son, it became inferior of me to attain that".

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