WASHINGTON (AP) — Same pillared House hearing room. Different chairman with his own mission.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled openWednesday's impeachment hearingsagainst the nation's 45th president, launching the business of actually writing an indictment against Donald Trump.
The big question is no longer whether to impeach Trump. It's on what charges — abuse of power or obstruction or both — and the strength of the Democrats' case that Trump's pressure on Ukraine was not just improper but impeachable. There are other unknowns — like whether Nadler will wield his gavel resolutely enough to bat down Republican objections, which surfaced within the hearing's first minute.
Lots of high-minded talk about the Constitution a