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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally 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 ZeldinDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program Overnight Defense: House panel probes Pompeo's convention speech | UN council rejects US demand to restore Iran sanctions | Court rules against Pentagon policy slowing expedited citizenship The Hill's 12:30 Report: Republicans conduct in-person convention roll call 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 MeadowsTrump reacts to Ginsburg's death: 'An amazing woman who led an amazing life' Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death United Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid 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 GuilfoyleKid Rock opens Trump rally by saying 'fake media' will say it didn't happen Kid Rock to headline Trump rally in Michigan Pence set to attend fundraiser hosted by couple who shared QAnon posts 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 WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon 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 BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral 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.