On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will hear from four constitutional law professors and their respective opinions on whether or not President Trump committed an impeachable offense.
The first Democratic witness for Wednesday’s impeachment hearing is Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School.
According to the Trump campaign, Feldman is a liberal professor and a lifelong Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton. He also backed impeaching President Trump three years ago.
Meet liberal professor @NoahRFeldman, one of Democrats' impeachment hearing "witnesses" this week.
He spread the Russia Collusion Hoax and supported impeaching President Trump three years ago!
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In an op-ed with the Salt Lake Tribune earlier this year, Feldman claimed the Trump campaign was guilty of colluding with WikiLeaks to obtain email records that were hacked by Russian entities to win the 2016 presidential election.
After more than three years of congressional investigations and a two-year investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, neither the president nor any single member of his campaign was charged with a single crime relating to collusion.
In an op-ed with Bloomberg News, Feldman stated plainly: “This past week, we saw the first concrete evidence that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia — and it seemed as if no one cared.”
Noah Feldman is wearing makeup for his appearance. He’s not there to provide honest answers — he’s there to say what Nadler wants him to say for the cameras. https://t.co/0toc7ChEwk
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) December 4, 2019
Breitbart News had this to say about Feldman:
Feldman is respected for the nuances of his constitutional insights, and worked on the drafting of a new Iraqi constitution in the wake of the toppling of Saddam Hussain a decade-and-a-half ago. Yet he was taken in by the “Russia collusion” conspiracy theory, claiming in September 2017 that “more and more evidence of collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia has come to light.” (None was eventually found.)
Feldman also argued that Trump could be impeached because of “conflicts of interest” and “foreign emoluments” — and even said Trump could be impeached for “defamation” after he accused former President Barack Obama of having his “wires tapped” at Trump Tower. As contemporaneous mainstream media coverage reported, the Obama administration had conducted surveillance of some Trump campaign operatives, including Carter Page.
And, on the second Democratic witness, professor Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina Law School, Breitbart reports:
Gerhardt testified during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998. In retrospect, he wrote, “members of Congress are unlikely to pursue similar charges against a president ever again. Future members of Congress almost certainly will grant presidents a much wider zone of immunity for any personal misconduct than did the Republican Congress in 1998-99.” He also argued that “Congress should agree, at the very least, to have bipartisan support before authorizing congressional subpoenas or investigations,” adding: “At the very least, members of Congress should require committee chairs and ranking minority members of committees to agree before initiating investigations or issuing legislative subpoenas.”
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— Reuters (@Reuters) December 4, 2019