Fiery disagreements as Trump impeachment hearing opens

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, talks with ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Pool photo via Getty Images North America)

The House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing quickly exploded into partisan infighting Wednesday. Democrats warned that President Donald Trump must be stopped from enlisting foreign interference in U.S. elections and Republicans said there are no grounds for removing him from office. At the same time Vice President Mike Pence was huddling with House Republicans on Capitol Hill. Senate Republicans are to meet privately with the White House counsel. The Judiciary Committee is responsible for drafting articles of impeachment. Democrats say the Republican president misused the power of his office and obstructed Congress’ investigation. Trump has denied doing anything wrong.