Donald Trump committed offences worse than Richard Nixon during Watergate and should be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors”, constitutional scholars selected by Democrats told Congress yesterday.
However, another legal expert, selected by Republicans, said the impeachment case against Mr Trump was the “thinnest” ever, was “slipshod,” and would create a “dangerous precedent” for future presidents.
The academics were called by the House judiciary committee, which is expected to draw up formal articles of impeachment against Mr Trump within days.
Their role was to explain what the US Constitution’s framers intended impeachment to be for, and whether Mr Trump’s actions warranted it.
It came a day after the publication of a 300-page report by the Democrat-led House intelligence committee, based on public hearings, which found “serious misconduct” by the president, and evidence that was “overwhelming.”
Mr Trump, speaking at the Nato summit in London dismissed the report as a “joke,” and attacked Democrats for holding the latest hearing while he was abroad. “Do they, in fact, love our country?” he said.