Constitutional law expert applauded for laying out 'no-nonsense' Trump impeachment case during House Intel hearing: ‘A force to be reckoned with'
The House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump entered a new phase on Wednesday, when the House Judiciary Committee held its first public hearing in the inquiry — and some of the most riveting testimony came from Pamela Karlan, a professor of constitutional law at Stanford University. Karlan laid out a tight case for impeachment, stressing that when Trump tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, he committed the type of impeachable offense that the Founding Fathers were worried about in 1789. And Karlan’s testimony has been receiving an abundance of high praise on Twitter.
Karlan became angry when Republican Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia implied that she hadn’t read the evidence presented against Trump. The professor shot back, “I read transcripts of every one of the witnesses who appeared in the live hearing. I’m insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor, I don’t care about those facts.”
Karlan went on to explain that in 1789, the Founding Fathers were deeply concerned about foreign interference in U.S. politics — and Trump’s conduct was impeachable when he solicited such interference.
“Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections, not demand it,” Karlan testified. “If we are to keep faith with the Constitution and our republic, President Trump must be held to account.”
CNN’s Ana Navarro, an anti-Trump conservative, praised Karlan’s “amazing and no-nonsense” testimony, while Tiffany Cross tweeted that Karlan was so compelling that House Democrats should “yield all their time to her.
Elizabeth C. McLaughlin exalted Karlan as a “fucking badass, full stop,” and Jon Favreau wrote, “Professor Karlan is great. Collins looks like he’s about to interrupt her and she just steamrolls him.”
Legal expert Samantha Vinograd loved the fact that Karlan wouldn’t let Collins get away with claiming that she hadn’t read witness depositions, posting, “Thank you, professor."
Apropos of nothing in particular...the women -Amb. Yavanovich, Fiona Hill and now, Prof. Pamela Karlan- who have te… https://t.co/qRM7Zy80MX— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas)1575475247.0
Professor Karlan tells @RepDougCollins that she is insulted that he asserted that she may not have read witness dep… https://t.co/P9h5rkseEa— Sam Vinograd (@Sam Vinograd)1575474873.0
Pamela Karlan is further confirming the idea that it's going to be the women who save this country.— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1575475190.0
I don’t think I would like to hand in an inadequate assignment to Prof. Karlan.— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce)1575474907.0
💥 Prof. Karlan: “Based on the evidentiary record...before you is something that I do not think we have ever seen be… https://t.co/KlmjDhugFE— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang)1575475474.0
Karlan is a fucking badass. Full stop.— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin 🩸🦷 (@Elizabeth C. McLaughlin 🩸🦷)1575475197.0
Just end the hearing now. Prof Karlan did a mic drop. They should have let her go last. And yield all their time to… https://t.co/uBfpwjNAQn— @tiffanydcross (@@tiffanydcross)1575475321.0
Pamela Karlan is going break a chair over the first congressman who’s snide to her.— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1575474932.0