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White House, Trump family slam impeachment witness for 'classless' Barron Trump reference

Constitutional law expert, Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan, walks to a hearing room during recess to return to testify at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The White House and members of the Trump family Wednesday slammed a constitutional scholar for referencing 13-year-old Barron Trump during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing. 
Pamela Karlan, a Stanford law professor, was asked how the powers of a president differ from that of a British king.
Ms. Karlan said kings had virtually unlimited authority while the Constitution limits presidential powers. To illustrate her point, she referenced President Trump’s son, Barron.
“The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Ms. Karlan said to laughter and applause in the hearing room.
First Lady Melania Trump, Barron’s mom, said Ms. Karlan should be “ashamed” and accused the law professor of using her son as a political prop.
A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics. Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it,” Mrs. Trump said on Twitter.


The White House was also unamused. The Trump campaign questioned why the president’s son was fodder for the hearing, but not Hunter Biden. President Trump pressing the Ukraine president to probe Hunter Biden’s ties to a Ukrainian gas company has been at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
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“So Hunter Biden is off limits but 13 year old Barron Trump is not? This gets more unreal by the minute,” the campaign said in a Tweet.

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