GWU Law Professor Jonathan Turley, a witness for the Republicans at Wednesday's first day of public hearings by the House Judiciary Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump made the case that the proper procedure for impeaching a president is not being followed.
Turley said both sides "have demonized the other to justify any measure in their defense."
"We are living in the very period described by Alexander Hamilton. A period of agitated passions. I get it. You're mad. The president is mad. My Republican friends are mad. My Democratic friends are mad. My wife is mad. My kids are mad. Even my dog seems mad," he said. "I get it. You're mad. The president is mad...my wife is mad, my kids are mad, even my dog seems mad... Will a slipshod impeachment make us less mad? Will it only give an invitation for the madness to follow every future administration?"
"Perhaps that's the saddest part of all of this. We have forgotten the common article of faith that binds each of us to each other in our Constitution."
Read the full opening statement as prepared for delivery: