Watergate Prosecutor Rejects Claim That Trump Impeachment Is Moving Too Fast: 'There Is Always More Evidence to Get'

As House Democrats push forwards in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, the Republican party has adopted a new line they hope will stymie the probe and delay an impeachment vote—arguing that the investigation is moving too fast.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley leveled the charge at the Democrats on the first day of hearings in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

The panel now has the task of exploring the legal significance of Trump's alleged wrongdoing, building upon the evidence uncovered by the House Intelligence Committee in recent weeks.

Trump is accused of freezing hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine to encourage the Kiev government to open an investigation into debunked allegations of corruption against involving 2020 rival Joe Biden, centered around his son Hunter's work for Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

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Turley—called to testify by Republicans member of the Judiciary Committee—said that if the House proceeds "solely on the Ukrainian allegations," the impeachment "would stand out among modern impeachments as the shortest proceeding, with the thinnest evidentiary record, and the narrowest grounds ever used to impeach a president."

Turley's assertion set off a flurry of discussion among media figures as to whether the Democrats were being too hasty.

But former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks rejected the suggestion. She wrote on Twitter, "No one who cares about democracy or the 2020 election thinks impeachment is moving too fast."

Republicans have dismissed the evidence against Trump as hearsay and claimed the probe has not heard from anyone with direct knowledge of the president's alleged efforts to extort the Ukrainian government.

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But Wine-Banks explained, "There is always more evidence to get, but a good prosecutor knows when enough is sufficient. Evidence is not abundantly sufficient."

Wine-Banks also suggested Turley's testimony focused more on what the law professor "wishes Constitution said instead of what it actually says," citing his suggestion that Congress should slow the impeachment process.

Wine-Banks shared a video clip of former U.S. Attorney and University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade, who told MSNBC Wednesday that the significance of the allegations against the president demands a rapid resolution.

"If we have a president who is inviting foreign interference into our elections then we need to act immediately." McQuade added, "If there was a knife-wielding murderer out at large, we wouldn't say, 'We need more time to carefully collect the evidence.' We'd stop him in his tracks because he is risking harm to the public every day he is out there."

"The same is true with regard to President Trump," McQuade continued. "As long as he is continuing to solicit foreign influence into our elections, he cannot be checked with an election alone. He needs to be checked by the constitutional process of impeachment."

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Jill Wine-Banks is pictured at the 56th New York Film Festival at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre on September 29, 2018 in New York City. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images/Getty
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