House Judiciary Committee begins to write impeachment articles

The next phase in the impeachment showdown is underway with new public hearings where congressional lawyers from both sides lay out their case on President Trump.
1:40 | 12/09/19

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training program as well. To Washington now and the critical new phase in the impeachment showdown. The house judiciary committee begins the process of writing articles of impeachment against president trump this morning with a public hearing where congressional lawyers for both sides will lay out closing arguments and Mary Bruce on capitol hill with the latest. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, this hearing room today will feel more like a high-stakes courtroom as lawyers for both parties present their evidence for and against impeachment and Democrats spent the weekend hunkered down, a lot of long hours and pizza as they prepare. Today could be their last best opportunity to convince the public before introducing articles of impeachment and today they will argue their evidence is rock solid. That the president abused his office for his own personal little gain while Republicans argue the opposite and say there is no direct evidence that the president was seeking an advantage in the 2020 election and they will likely continue to rail against this process which they have said is unfair even though the president is declining to mount an offense refusing to send anyone to represent him here at today's hearing, George. Mary, the Democrats have not finalized those articles of impeachment. They're still debating whether and how to include information from Robert Mueller's report. Reporter: They are likely to char the president with abuse of power, bribery and obstruction but what is still unknown whether they will also include obstruction of the Mueller probe, speaker Pelosi here is really trying to balance a legal and political challenge and obstacles. She has to show the president has committed impeachable offenses but has to satisfy the differing views of her members including those key moderates from trump's districts. May talk about a pattern of conduct. Thanks. In Washington the release of

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