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Watch live: Judiciary Committee holds first impeachment hearing

Impeachment report accuses Trump of compromising national security

Latest updates on the impeachment inquiry

  • The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing of the impeachment inquiry beginning at 10 a.m., featuring testimony from four constitutional law experts.
  • On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee voted to adopt a 300-page report by Democrats on President Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, accusing him of abusing his office and endangering national security.
  • The 13-9 vote fell along party lines.

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee is taking the reins of the impeachment inquiry as the panel holds its first hearing of the next stage of the probe.

The committee, which will be responsible for drafting potential articles of impeachment, will hear from four constitutional law experts — Noah Feldman, Pamela Karlan, Michael Gerhardt and Jonathan Turley — beginning at 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee voted to endorse a 300-page report written by the Democratic majority on President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, accusing the president of abuse of power.

The vote fell along party lines, with 13 Democrats voting to endorse the report and nine Republicans dissenting. The report was written by Democratic staffers on the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees.

“This report chronicles a scheme by the president of the United States to coerce an ally, Ukraine, that is at war with an adversary, Russia, into doing the president’s political dirty work,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on Capitol Hill.

The report says the president “sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process” and “ordered and implemented a campaign to conceal his conduct from the public and frustrate and obstruct the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry” once his actions were uncovered.

The report was sent to the Judiciary Committee, along with a separate document prepared by Republican members defending the president.

​Who is Jonathan Turley?

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Jonathan Turley testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill on June 6, 2018. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty

8:15 a.m.: Turley is the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at The George Washington University Law School, which he joined as a faculty member in 1990. He is also a CBS News legal analyst and one of the country’s most recognized legal commentators.

A witness during the Clinton impeachment proceedings, Turley has been critical of the Democrats’ handling of the current inquiry, as well as the White House’s arguments against cooperating with the probe. Turley has written and testified extensively on executive privilege.

He has testified before Congress on a number of other occasions, including the Senate confirmation hearings of Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and William Barr, as well as the Supreme Court nomination of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

​Who is Michael Gerhardt?

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8:00 a.m.: Gerhardt is the Burton Craige Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he has been a faculty member since 2005.

​Who is Pamela Karlan?

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7:18 a.m.: Karlan is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, where she has been on faculty since 1998. According to her Stanford biography, she holds three degrees from Yale University and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. Karlan was also a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.

Karlan has written “leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles,” according to Stanford.

​Who is Noah Feldman?

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6:30 a.m.: Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School. A Rhodes scholar, Feldman graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University and earned his law degree at Yale, according to his Harvard biography.

Feldman clerked for Supreme Court Justice David Souter in the late 1990s and served as a senior constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003, where he then helped Iraqi officials draft an interim constitution.

​How to watch Wednesday’s impeachment hearing

  • Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Time: 10 a.m. ET
  • Who: Four constitutional law experts: Noah Feldman, Pamela Karlan, Michael Gerhardt and Jonathan Turley
  • Online stream: CBSN, in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device
  • On TV: Your local CBS station

​Key findings from the Democratic impeachment report

5:00 a.m.: The report released Tuesday laid out nine findings of the investigation, including:

  • The president “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election” and “sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process.”
  • Mr. Trump “sought to pressure and induce Ukraine’s newly-elected president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to publicly announce unfounded investigations” to benefit the president politically.
  • “President Trump ordered the suspension of $ 391 million in vital military assistance” to Ukraine “without any legitimate foreign policy, national security, or anti-corruption justification.
  • “Faced with the revelation of his actions, President Trump publicly and repeatedly persisted in urging foreign governments, including Ukraine and China, to investigate his political opponent.”
  • “President Trump ordered and implemented a campaign to conceal his conduct from the public and frustrate and obstruct the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry.”

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​Democrats to focus on “ABCs of high crimes and misdemeanors” at hearing

4:30 a.m.: Democratic staffers working on the impeachment inquiry held a conference call to preview the party’s strategy heading into Wednesday’s hearing before the Judiciary Committee. Four legal experts will appear for questioning before lawmakers to “explain the scope of that constitutional standard of impeachment.”

“The hearing tomorrow will explore the extent to which this powerful, powerful evidence we now have of the president’s conduct implicates all of these dangers,” one of the staffers said. “You can think of them as the ABCs of high crimes and misdemeanors: abuses of power, betrayal of national security connected to foreign interest and corruption of our elections.”

Asked whether the questions will be limited to the material in the House Intelligence Committee’s report, one staffer said, “We will certainly have a primary focus on the Intelligence Committee report but we will see what other information comes up tomorrow,” suggesting Democrats may raise questions related to actions by the president described in the Mueller report. — Rebecca Kaplan

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At least nine dead in South Dakota plane crash

A plane crash in South Dakota on Saturday claimed the lives of at least nine people, including the pilot and two children. The remaining three passengers on the Idaho-bound flight have been transported to medical facilities in Sioux Falls and are reportedly in critical condition, according to CBS News affiliate KELO.

The plane, a Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop passenger aircraft, went down about a mile southwest of the Chamberlain airport. It had taken off a little before noon and was headed to Idaho Falls Regional Airport. As many as 12 people are believed to have been on board.

The area where the crash occurred is currently under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service, with heavy snow and wind gusts as high as 45 mph. 

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The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that investigators are on the way to the accident site. The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct the investigation.

CBS News’ Kris Van Cleave reports the NTSB plans to send a team of three to the scene but, given the current conditions, they are not sure when investigators will reach the crash site. The NTSB hopes to get them to Sioux Falls sometime tomorrow, but some of the roads the investigators would need to access are currently closed due to severe weather.

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Lawmakers blast “cruel” ICE sting operation targeting foreign students

Since January, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested about 250 foreign students at a fake university in Michigan. It’s part of a sting operation by federal agents.

The University of Farmington was opened in 2015 as a guise by ICE officials. It was created to entice foreign-born students, mostly from India, who had arrived legally in the U.S. on legitimate student visas.

But the government says the phony university was a “pay-to-play” scheme the students used to remain in the U.S. under a student visa. Some of the students were arrested and deported while others await trial in the states.

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The Detroit Free Press reported that nearly 80% of those have voluntarily left the country. The Homeland Security Investigations Detroit office told the newspaper that about half of those remaining have received final orders of removal.

Several lawmakers took to social media to express outrage at the operation, including 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Actress Alyssa Milano also reacted to the sting operation.

The Detroit Free Press reported that seven of eight recruiters charged by the government pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. The eighth person will be sentenced in January.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Helms defended the operation, the newspaper reported.

“Their true intent could not be clearer,” Helms wrote in a sentencing memo this month for one of the recruiters, the newspaper reported. “While ‘enrolled’ at the University, one hundred percent of the foreign citizen students never spent a single second in a classroom. If it were truly about obtaining an education, the University would not have been able to attract anyone, because it had no teachers, classes, or educational services.”  

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Delta CEO says he would consider using Boeing 737 Max

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he would consider flying the revamped Boeing 737 Max. The 737 Max is currently grounded following two crashes in October 2018 and March 2019.  

“Obviously it needs to continue to go through the certification process,” Bastian told “CBS This Morning.” “The FAA makes that decision. And once the regulators get comfortable with it… total faith.”

Delta didn’t have any of the beleaguered 737 Max planes in their fleet before they were grounded and Bastian said they’re not planning to order any. But Bastian said safety concerns weren’t the issue.

“Safety wasn’t part of that consideration,” Bastian said. “I tell people sometimes you’d rather be lucky than smart in life. And that was probably more fortune, but the reality is it was not a technology we wanted to advance.”

Bastian said Boeing is doing enough to ensure flyers’ safety.

“Boeing is an amazing company,” Bastian said. “We’re the second-largest operator of Boeing equipment in the world. We fly over 600 Boeing aircraft. There’s no question that this is going to bring up opportunities to improve safety and learn more as we go forth. But transportation in the U.S., particularly air travel, is the safest of any transportation system in the world.”

Bastian also defended Delta investing $ 12 billion in airport renovations, rather than lowering ticket prices.

“One of the things that we know when we hear from our customers all the time is the real stress of travel is the ground experience,” Bastian said. “And right here in New York, LaGuardia is probably ground zero for an airport that really needs to be rebuilt. And we’re doing that. So of that $ 12 billion, almost $ 4 billion we’re spending and building the new LaGuardia Airport. We’ve got new airports going up in L.A., Seattle, Salt Lake City, we’re modernizing Atlanta, we’re modernizing Minneapolis. And the flight experience has substantially improved over time.”

About 5 million customers will fly Delta during Thanksgiving week, according to Bastian. He said that’s the most in Delta history. The CEO encouraged travelers to sign up for TSA CLEAR and to use the Fly Delta app to ensure smooth skies.

“We’ve added technology such that even if you get stuck in an airport, if you’re on the app, there’s a live chat feature,” Bastian said. “That’s the best way to get in touch, real-time, is using the Fly Delta app.”

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Female CEOs? OK. Female presidents? Not so fast

While people in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. have grown increasingly comfortable in recent decades with women as chief executives, they remain less open to the idea of a female as their nation’s commander-in-chief.

That’s the conclusion of a survey from data consultancy Kantar and the Women Leaders Global Forum, which scored perceptions of female leadership among residents of the 10 countries with the largest economies. The survey was released November 19 at the Women Political Leaders Global Forum in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

OK to lead a company, but not a country

America and Canada had the highest level of comfort with female CEO’s, with more than 60% of respondents saying they felt “very comfortable” with the idea of a woman heading a major company. The U.K. was close behind. 

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But the U.S., more than other countries, demonstrated a large gap between comfort with women as CEO’s and as national leaders, Michelle Harrison, Kantar’s global chief executive officer, said in an interview with CBSN.

“In the U.S., women come out absolutely tops as being viewed as suitable for corporate leadership,” Harrison said.

However, just 54% of Americans, and less than half of American men, said they were entirely comfortable with a female head of state in the survey.

“What that means is the majority of American men carry a significant prejudice against the idea of female political leadership in the highest office,” Harrison said.

The preference for women in corporations over governments extends beyond the U.S.  People in the U.K., France, Japan, Germany and Russia all said they were more comfortable with women CEOs than heads of state, although the level of comfort they expressed varied.

Where men’s and women’s views differ

Overall, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. lead the pack of nations that see women as equal to men in their ability to lead companies. But on this question, as with most on the survey, there was a significant divergence based on the respondents’ gender.

In the U.S. and Canada, comfort with women’s leadership among women is 10 percentage points higher than it is among men. The gap is even higher in Italy and Brazil, where comfort with female CEOs is lower overall, but women’s comfort is 15 percentage points higher than men’s. 

By contrast, in Russia, where only 11% of the respondents said they were comfortable with a woman leading a major company, there was no difference in men’s and women’s comfort levels. 

“Bias against men” in some sectors

Views of women’s leadership also varied depending on the business sector in which they worked. Out of 22 industries, media and entertainment had the highest score, at 81 out of a possible 100, according to Kantar’s scoring method. Put another way: 81% of people said that women and men were equally suited to leadership in the media field. 

On the other end of the scale, child care came in last among industries, with just 54% of people believing that men and women were equally suited for leadership in that field. Some 42% of people said that women were better leaders in child care, while just 4% said that men were.

“That’s about bias against men, of course,” Harrison noted.

Research shows that the “gendering” of certain fields contributes to the overall pay gap between men’s and women’s earnings, with female-dominated jobs, such as health care or child care, paying less than male-dominated jobs, such as manufacturing. Overall, women earn 20% less than men, a gap that narrows to 5% when adjusting for education and experience.

The child-care problem

Kantar revealed similar gaps in the fields of fashion and beauty, health care and education.

“There is a sense that there’s a more natural leadership potential for women in those sectors, despite what the figures may in reality show,” she said.

For instance, while women may be perceived as more “natural” leaders in education, just 30% of U.S. college presidents are women and less than 15% of school district superintendents are women, according to industry groups.

What’s more, viewing women as more naturally suited to some sectors discourages them from participating in all sectors of the economy. When it comes to child care, seeing it as a “woman’s issue” puts an unfair burden on the female members of a family and has repercussions to their careers.

“Until we deal with that kind of discrimination in the sector of child care, women aren’t released to be able to fulfil their own economic potential,” Harrison said.

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Football insiders question why Kaepernick workout is happening now

The NFL organized a workout for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta. At least 11 NFL teams have RSVP’d.

It’s an unusual move for the league to host something like this for a single player, especially one as controversial as Kaepernick, CBS News correspondent Kenneth Craig reports. Some football insiders are wondering: Why now? 

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback hasn’t played in the NFL since January 2017. His pregame protests over police brutality during the national anthem — at first by sitting and then kneeling — ignited a firestorm. Kaepernick sued the NFL for colluding to keep him out of the league and the two sides settled in February.

Former Green Bay Packers Vice President Andrew Brandt said the NFL felt like it had to do something.
“I think the NFL has had enough blowback from the media, from fans, from narratives, from people around Kaepernick, from players. Why isn’t this guy getting a chance?” he said. 

“This is telling Kaepernick and the world … we let in all these teams to see him. It’s not our fault if they don’t sign him. … Don’t blame us.”

Brandt called the mid-season tryout unprecedented.

“There will be no head coaches at this workout and likely there will be no general managers at this workout,” he said. 

Brandt said “the likelihood that Kaepernick is signed this year is slim to none.”

“I think the best case result for Colin Kaepernick out of this workout is signing what is called a futures contract for 2020 and beyond,” he said.

Video of Kaepernick’s workout and interview will be made available to all 32 NFL teams.

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Greta Thunberg sets sail from U.S. to Spain for climate summit

Climate activist Greta Thunberg found a ride back across the Atlantic thanks to a pair of YouTubers, after a United Nations climate change summit got relocated from Chile to Spain. 

The 16-year-old Swedish activist, who has been making speeches and leading protests across the U.S. and Canada since August, planned to travel to Chile for the upcoming U.N. climate summit, known as COP25. But the country canceled plans to host the event after massive political and economic protests turned violent.

The summit’s last-minute move to Madrid initially left Thunberg stranded because of her unconventional transportation choice: She refuses to travel by plane to avoid contributing to a heavy carbon footprint. 

But she announced in a tweet on Tuesday that she’d found a ride aboard a sailboat with Riley Whitlum and Elayna Carausu, an Australian couple and their toddler who post about their travels on YouTube. Nikki Henderson, a British professional sailor, will also join the voyage. The group will be traveling on La Vagabonde, a 48-foot sailing catamaran.

“We sail for home!” Thunberg tweeted Wednesday morning.

“So happy to say I’ll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid,” she wrote.

The boat has a carbon-neutral footprint as it’s powered by solar panels and hydro-generators. By comparison, a roundtrip flight from New York to Madrid generates about 848 kg of CO2 emissions, according to an estimate by the German nonprofit Atmosfair. There are 53 countries where the average person produces less CO2 than that in an entire year.

In an interview with The New York Times Tuesday, Thunberg said she chose to sail “to highlight the fact that you can’t live sustainably in today’s society.”

The Times also reported that the trip will take about three weeks, so Thunberg should arrive in Madrid just in time for COP25 on December 2. 

The Swedish teenager arrived in the U.S. in August after sailing across the Atlantic aboard a zero-carbon yacht to attend climate meetings as part of the United Nations General Assembly — a decision that helped focus the world’s attention on the urgent issue of climate change

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