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November 12, 2019

Solomon Wisenberg on What to Expect During Trump Impeachment Proceedings

The National Law Review

President Donald Trump's impeachment hearing began on Wednesday morning, bringing back memories from more than 20 years ago when former President Bill Clinton underwent the same process. Nelson Mullins partner Solomon Wisenberg, who played a pivotal role in the Clinton impeachment, spoke with the National Law Review on what kinds of tactics can be anticipated this time around.

Though the president's impeachment hearing focuses on his withholding monetary aid to Ukraine, Wisenberg says other acts of his presidency are bound to come up, including investigations of a potential interference in the 2016 election accounted by Robert Mueller. "I've heard some Democratic Congressmen talking about it and it's very clear that they feel the obstruction portion of the Mueller report has not been given sufficient attention," he says. "So I'd be shocked if it does not constitute one of the articles of impeachment."

If impeachment prosecutors can demonstrate a withholding of aid to Ukraine as a criminal act, Wisenberg is still doubtful that enough senators will vote to convict the president. "I think it is going to take something really dramatic for there to be a shift. Either a dramatic shift in public opinion based on the live testimony or just something new coming out, some new scandal to move the needle on that," Wisenberg says, referring to how he expects Republican senators to view Trump's behavior.

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