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House attorneys spar over arguments for and against impeachment

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(NBC News) -- Members of the House Judiciary Committee battled Monday, over the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Democrats and Republicans laid out different narratives as they presented testimony and evidence gathered over several months.

But after more than two months of investigating, it was time for closing arguments summing up evidence in the impeachment inquiry, which was interrupted by plenty of political arguments.

Cutting through the rancor in the House Judiciary Committee, attorneys for both sides laid out the case, for and against impeaching President Trump.

"President Trump's actions are impeachable offensives. They threaten our rule of law," said Barry Berke, Majority Counsel.

"There is simply no clear evidence that President Trump acted with malicious intent," said Stephen Castor, Minority Counsel.

Democrats allege the president abused his office by urging Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals, withheld military aid to try and force what he wanted and then blocked Congress from investigating.

"The president welcomed and took foreign interference in our elections in 2016. He demanded it for 2020 and then he got caught," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat Representative from New York.

Republicans pointed out no one testified about a direct order from President Trump.

"Presumption is no substitute for proof," said House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, a Republican Representative from Georgia.

Republicans calling the impeachment process a partisan sham.

"They can't get over the fact Donald Trump is President of the United States," said Rep. Collins.

President Trump sounded off a different report on Monday, focusing on the Justice Department Inspector General's new findings that undercut his claims that he was spied on by the FBI when he was running for president and that the Russia investigation was a witch hunt.

The president claimed vindication on the findings of document errors and "performance failures."

"It's a disgrace what happened," said President Trump.

But the inspector general found no evidence of political bias and ays the FBI was justified in starting the probe.

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