Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., called President Donald Trump the “kingpin” of an effort to force a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Johnson’s comment came during a Dec. 9 House Judiciary Committee hearing during which lawmakers questioned Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman and Republican counsel Stephen Castor about the House impeachment probe. “This was an attempt to undermine the very fabric of our democracy,” Johnson said. “The framers feared most how foreign influence could turn a president into a despot, so they adopted impeachment as a backstop to protect our democracy. The facts, ladies and gentlemen demand that we use the remedy today.”

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