GOP lawmakers, Trump campaign rip 'liberal law professors' testifying in impeachment hearing

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE’s allies on Capitol Hill and members of his reelection campaign took to Twitter Wednesday to tear into three witnesses as they testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee that the president committed impeachable offenses. 

The Republicans hammered law professors Pamela Karlan, Noah Feldman and Michael Gerhardt, three witnesses invited to the hearing by the Democratic members of the Judiciary panel. Jonathan Turley, who was invited by Republicans, avoided scorn. 

“Congrats to the professors who won the Dems’ nationwide talent search for the most elitist, unhinged anti-Trump professors in America. These meltdowns based on triggered emotions, 3% of the facts & ignoring the other 97% of the story is a permanent stain on US history. Good work,” Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinBoth sides of the aisle call for local, state, federal cooperation on homelessness Trump tweets American flag amid reports of strike against Iranian general House votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted.

“Democrats are holding a national T.V. hearing to ask three liberal law professors why President Trump should be impeached. Really something,” added Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Trump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (R-N.C.), one of the president’s staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill.

The Trump campaign piled on, with senior adviser Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Ann GuilfoyleKimberly Guilfoyle to lead joint Trump, RNC fundraising committee GOP lawmakers, Trump campaign rip 'liberal law professors' testifying in impeachment hearing University of Florida student government president faces impeachment over Trump Jr. appearance MORE saying the professors presented “zero-star legal analysis” and that the hearing was “embarrassing.”

Andrew Clark, the rapid response director for the Trump campaign, also underscored Federal Election Commission filings showing that Karlan donated to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE’s (D-Mass.) presidential campaign. 

The broadsides came in response to testimony from the three professors in which they said they believed Trump had met the bar for impeachment in his dealings with Ukraine.

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Trump “abused his office by corruptly soliciting [Ukrainian] President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations of his political rivals in order to gain personal advantage, including in the 2020 presidential election,” Feldman told the committee.

“The president’s serious misconduct, including bribery, soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader in exchange for his exercise of power, and obstructing justice and Congress are worse than the misconduct of any prior president,” added Gerhardt.

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The House launched its impeachment probe into Trump in September over his alleged efforts to leverage a White House visit and nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to get Kyiv to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE and meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

Trump’s allies have stuck by him, however, with many claiming that the president merely sought to ensure that U.S. tax dollars were not being used for corrupt purposes in a country known for misconduct by politicians. 

Trump’s supporters kept up their defense during Wednesday’s hearing, suggesting the impeachment investigation amounted to a coup. 

“This hearing is an abuse. There is no evidence of presidential misconduct and we are hearing talking points from activist Democrat 'experts.' #StoptheCoup against our Republic and @RealDonaldTrump,” Tom Fitton, the head of the conservative group Judicial Watch who often appears on cable news, tweeted.