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Work of impeaching the president begins as the impeachment investigation

The investigation to impeach Donald Trump has entered into next level where the work to impeach Donald trump has started.

The investigation to impeach Donald Trump has entered into next level where the work to impeach Donald trump has started.

The impeachment investigation of Donald Trump has largely ended. The work of impeaching the president now begins.

The House’s impeachment proceedings move this week to the Judiciary Committee, the historical home of the impeachment process where any articles of impeachment against Trump will be drafted.

The committee’s job will be less about unearthing new bombshells and more about fitting already-known evidence into the impeachment framework envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. In other words: proving that Trump’s conduct crossed the threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that constitute impeachment offenses.

To communicate to Americans the gravity of Trump’s alleged misdeeds and why they warrant his impeachment. If the Intelligence Committee revealed a president using his power to pressure Ukraine to investigate a 2020 rival, it’s up to the Judiciary Committee to show why such a transgression amounts to an “abuse of power” that demands his removal from office.

If you thought the Intelligence Committee’s hearings showcased Congress’ partisan dysfunction, get ready for a much bigger circus. The Judiciary panel has a slew of Trump's fiercest allies who plan to defend Trump in part by arguing that the entire process undertaken by Democrats has been unfair. Look for relentless procedural fights and “point of order” interjections that threaten the flow of the hearings.

Republicans also intend to mount a substantive defense: that Democrats are moving to impeach Trump over differences in policy and a belief that he's a bad president — but that the evidence doesn't support allegations of high crimes and misdemeanors.

The Judiciary Committee's proceedings are the first that will permit Trump a chance to participate either directly or through his White House counsel. So far, however, the White House has given no indication it will do so.

Trump may be loath to lend legitimacy to a process he hates and is eager to discredit. But after weeks of demanding his rights to “due process,” refusing to participate may undercut his arguments. It also deprives Trump another chance to make his case to the public.