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WATCH LIVE: House Judiciary Committee Holds Impeachment Hearing

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Updated at 12:08 p.m. ET

Wednesday marked the beginning of a new phase in House Democrats' efforts to impeach President Trump.

What members called the fact-finding portion of the process is complete, so the House Judiciary Committee began assessing what action to take and what articles of impeachment to draft, if it decides to draft them.

Three professors of law told the Judiciary Committee they worried deeply about Trump's actions in the Ukraine affair — and thought they appeared to justify the power of impeachment as enshrined in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers.

A fourth witness, who said he personally opposed Trump, differed saying the factual case so far developed against Trump would cheapen impeachment and create a dangerous precedent both for Congress and the executive branch.

Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., invited the witnesses because he said the members of the Judiciary Committee needed to understand the historical and legal context for impeachment in deciding how to proceed.

The House Intelligence Committee released its final report about the Ukraine affair and voted to adopt it on Tuesday.

The hearing is underway. Watch it live now ...