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Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
The Washington Post this morning reported that there is a LOT going on in the hearings this morning, but the most significant item is this one:
Three constitutional scholars summoned by Democrats are testifying Wednesday that President Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine rises to the level of impeachment, as the inquiry moves to a new phase with the first hearing by the House Judiciary Committee, a panel prone to theatrics and partisan brawls.
Significantly, a law professor invited to testify by Democrats quoted an unexpected source in support of the idea that foreign nationals should not be allowed to interfere in U.S. elections: conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
One indication of how crazy things are going to become is these items:
1) Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has filed a lawsuit against CNN, seeking $435,350,000 in damages and claiming that the news outlet defamed him last month when it published a “demonstrably false hit piece.”
The Nov. 22 story reported that in December 2018, while serving as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes traveled to Vienna and met with Ukrainian former prosecutor general Victor Shokin to discuss digging up dirt on Biden — which Nunes’s complaint says is untrue.
2) Republicans stepped up attacks early Wednesday morning on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), seeking to undermine him in much in the same way they targeted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) when his panel was in the spotlight.
3) Some of the members of the Judiciary Committee are Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan. Matt Gaetz, and Andy Biggs, so it's bound to be a circus.