Impeachment inquiry: Trump's actions constitute bribery, says witness – live

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Law professor said Trump’s actions toward Ukraine meet constitutional definition of bribery, adding credibility to Democrats’ use of term

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8.49pm GMT

After two weeks of high-stakes hearings that included “star witnesses,” an attache with the cadence and authority of Walter Cronkite, a decorated do-gooder in uniform, a British-born Russia expert who inspired fan clubs around the world and a bombshell-lobbing hotelier-turned ambassador, the distinguished panel of academics was perhaps not the made-for-TV cast these impeachment hearings had thrived on. The witnesses painted in vivid detail the actions of a president hellbent on pressuring a foreign government to harm his political rival.

8.38pm GMT

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham lashed out against Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan for making a pun out of Barron Trump’s name during today’s impeachment hearing.

Classless move by a Democratic “witness”. Prof Karlan uses a teenage boy who has nothing to do with this joke of a hearing (and deserves privacy) as a punchline. And what’s worse, it’s met by laughter in the hearing room. What is being done to this country is no laughing matter.

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Source: theguardian