Impeachment witness Pamela Karlan answers a question from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on the differences between a president and a king. She asked the question before outlining the constitutional circumstances posed by President Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds in office.
The evidence amassed so far makes a strong argument that in his actions toward Ukraine - which extended far beyond an incriminating telephone call - Trump has committed exactly the sort of "high crimes and misdemeanors" that justify his impeachment, and the advancement of the case to a trial in the Senate.
And while the Intelligence Committee's report - advanced by the panel last night on a party-line vote - does not explicitly call on lawmakers to impeach the president, it does serve as a roadmap of sorts for the next phase in the process, fleshing out the evidence of presidential wrongdoing.
As momentum gained in the United States House of Representatives for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, a group of three constitutional scholars told a key committee the president committed impeachable offences in pressuring Ukraine for a domestic political favour.
Nadler was at the forefront of Democratic oversight of the administration after special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election was released and the Judiciary Committee held a high-profile hearing with Mueller himself.
Publicly, Pelosi has repeatedly insisted no decisions have been made about whether to draft articles of impeachment against Trump or what the articles, if drafted, would even cover.
He calls Trump's call with Ukraine "anything but 'perfect", as the president claims. "They want a singular, repetitive accusation against the president, that everything has been proven, and it's all impeachable, '" he continued.
"Never before, in the history of the republic, have we been forced to consider the conduct of a president who appears to have solicited personal, political favors from a foreign government", said Nadler, a New York Democrat.
"I think they should have just said, this is a very serious, sober experience for the country to go through, we're not going to talk about it until we have the facts", Card said. We may be witnessing, unfortunately, their erosion.
Democrats should be asking the scholar, George Washington University's Jonathan Turley, about his opposition to impeachment so there could be a "competing set of opinions", Garrett said. "Put simply, a candidate for president should resist foreign interference in our elections - not demand it".
"The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility", Karlan said. "The president has shown us his pattern of conduct".
Democrats could begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president in a matter of days, with a Judiciary Committee vote next week.