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Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing

Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing

by OLIVIA BEAVERS AND MIKE LILLIS -The Hill  |  Published on December 9, 2019


House Democrats are gearing up for one of their last opportunities to present evidence about President Trump’s contacts with Ukraine before introducing articles of impeachment.

The high-stakes Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday will feature Democratic and Republican investigators seeking to win the PR battle over whether the president’s conduct rises to the level of an impeachable offense.

As investigators from the Intelligence and Judiciary panels duke it out, the hearing will also be vying for the public’s attention amid the anticipated release of a Justice Department watchdog report examining the FBI’s actions in the early stages of the 2016 Russia investigation.

The Judiciary hearing, while not expected to unearth new information, will be a carefully staged operation by Democrats determined to weave the narrative that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open two investigations that would benefit him politically, including one into a top 2020 political rival.

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