Pelosi calls for articles of impeachment against Trump

The announcement comes after legal scholars spent more than six hours delivering testimony during a fiery public hearing on Wednesday.
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Transcript for Pelosi calls for articles of impeachment against Trump
We were told by my cheefk to hunker down. Reporter: This just three days away from the 78th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. Generations of locals have worked in ha shipyard. This is certainly a tragedy for everyone here. Reporter: Authorities say it's not immediately clear if the shooter knew his victims and at this time there is no understanding of the sailor's motives. There is a full investigation under way by the base and the Navy, George. Okay. Kaylee, thanks very much. We'll get the latest on impeachment and that major announcement expected from house speaker Nancy Pelosi in the wake of the first hearing on the house judiciary committee. Our senior congressional correspondent is on capitol hill, good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, speaker Pelosi on the hill has been taking the temperature of her members behind closed doors yesterday. She asked Democrats are you ready to impeach. There were no objections. Now, while Democrats have clearly been move fwhg this direction the speaker herself has been coy on whether she thinks the president should be impeached. She said she is waiting for this investigation to see where the facts lead. The big question this morning, is speaker Pelosi ready to take this next step? This morning, as Democrats plow ahead with impeachment, the white house is getting ready for a trial in the senate. A top white house official says president trump is demanding an aggressive defense with live witnesses. Senate Republicans huddling on the hill Wednesday as over in the house a new phase of the impeachment inquiry began with a new partisan clash. If what we're talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. This is not how you impeach an American president. Reporter: During 6 1/2 hours of testimony legal scholars invited by Democrats said the president abused it for his own mrilt gain and should be impeached. President trump's conduct as described in the testimony and evidence clearly constitutes impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors under the constitution. Reporter: Stanford law professor Pamela karlan asked the committee to imagine living in a state in need of federal aid devastated by a hurricane. What would you think if the president said I would like you to do us a favor. I'll meet with you an I'll send the disaster relief once you brand my opponent a criminal. Wouldn't you know in your gut that such a president had abused his office? Reporter: The Republican expert professor Jonathan Turley said he didn't support the president but argued Democrats have failed to prove their case cautioning them to slow down. I get it. You're mad. The president's mad. My Republican friends are mad. My democratic friends are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad. Will a slipshod impeachment make us less mad or invite future -- Reporter: Pouncing on this comment. Contrary to what president trump has said article 2 does not give him the power to do anything he wants. And I'll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him and a king. Which is 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. When you try to make a little joke out of references Barron trump that does not lend credibility to your argument. It makes you look mean. Reporter: That comment did not go over well with the first lady. Melania trump tweeting that a minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Karlan did later apologize. George. Mary Bruce, thanks very much. Let's bring in our legal analyst Kate Shaw. Thanks for coming back. You watched the democratic witnesses and Democrats on the committee. Pretty clear there's no going back. I think that's right so the proceedings in the intelligence committee were all about establishing the facts. Judiciary has a different task. It is looking at those facts assessing them and deciding whether the facts add up to impeachable conduct, high crimes and misdemeanors and you heard the three democratic witnesses yesterday give a strong yes to that question. That this conduct not only warrants impeachment but it may actually require impeachment. You had Michael Gearhart strike the note that leaving the president unchecked means he will continue his pattern of soliciting foreign interference in elections. The Democrats do have to contend with the argument Turley raised. You have all these witness, why not wait? I think that professor Turley's argument is in many ways a stronger argument than the president has been making this was a perfect phone call. It's a hard argument I think for the white house to adopt because, of course, the absence of witnesses and testimony is a problem entirely of the white house's own making. It could simply offer up witnesses and cure the problem. But professor Turley also seemed to be saying take this a little bit slowly. Let it play out in the corrs. I'm not sure if the Democrats are likely to do that. I think it's significant that professor Turley didn't offer any defense of the conduct. I don't know if you could find a law professor that would, agree with the president it was a perfect phone call. Another big question how broad to go in the articles of impeachment. Some hints yesterday but the chairman of the house committee that maybe you bring in the obstruction charges from Robert Mueller's report as well. Nadler's statement harkened back to the Mueller investigation suggested this was a course of conduct, soliciting interference in the 2016 election and then, you know, sort of play this forward a couple of years soliciting interference after the Mueller probe wrapped in the 2020 election so I do think Nadler would like to take a broader view of what the impeachable conduct is.

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