Trump defenders haunted by past talk on impeachment

Trump defenders haunted by past talk on impeachment

Democratic House prosecutors made an expansive case at Donald Trump's impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a "completely bogus" Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, the head of seven impeachment managers - who are effectively prosecutors - then opened oral arguments to a packed Senate chamber on Wednesday. They have eight hours left of their allotted 24 hours.

Scott said that if one does as instructed by the president, "it is impossible not to come to the conclusion that the president is innocent of an impeachable offense".

Yet, three days into arguments into the historic trial, there were few signs that any of the Republican majority that Trump commands in the Senate would buy into the evidence and turn against him.

Meanwhile, the defense lawyers will be fine-tuning the opening arguments they are scheduled to begin delivering Saturday, as well as weighing how extensive their presentation should be. Our coverage continues on Friday at 12:50 p.m. ET with politics reporter Evan Donovan and DC correspondent Jessi Turnure.

Once reluctant to take on impeachment during an election year, Democrats are now marching toward a decision by the Senate that the American public also will judge.

I must have said it a dozen times since the Democrats' impeachment miniseries took over our televisions, but I'll say it again.

Democrats contend that President Trump attempted to pressure Ukraine into investigations that would help him in the 2020 election.

It's a story line many in the president's camp are still pushing.

Over the last two days, House Democrats have presented compelling evidence in the form of snappy video clips, punchy Power Point slides and impassioned oratory, building a case that convicting President Trump and removing him from office is imperative to protect the Constitution and the country.

For many Americans, how they feel about issues raised during President Donald Trump's impeachment has much to do with where they get their news. Donald Trump's threat to assert executive privilege in his impeachment defense to try to curb testimony by his former national security adviser John Bolton is an attempt to silence a key witness and could undermine constitutional principles, ex-justice department officials and legal scholars warn.

Trump's Twitter meltdown does more than just shine a spotlight on his own fragility-although it certainly does do that. "The only question is: Do you want to hear it now?"

"O$3 ne of President Trump's defenses in the impeachment is that the House should have gone to court to obtain the information he withheld", he argued. He told the crowd that Democrats had been planning an impeachment trial since he won election. Collins said last Thursday that she would "likely" support calling witnesses, and she has reportedly been talking to four like-minded senators, enhancing the chances of some new witness testimony.

Unusual things can happen when a trial like this gets going, but it's a near certainty that Trump will not be removed from office.

Three-quarters of conservative Republicans say they trust Fox News, and two-thirds distrust CNN, Pew found.

Certainly, it's been draining for the 100 senators who had to sit more than 12 hours at a time silently listening to the prosecution, known as the House managers, make their case.

At one point, they showed video of a younger Graham, then a SC congressman and now a Republican senator allied with Trump, arguing during Bill Clinton's 1999 impeachment that no crime was needed for impeaching a president.

But now, thanks to the Democrats' blind hatred of President Trump, the bar has been lowered to where if a president doesn't immediately roll over and give Congress whatever people or documents it wants, he'll get impeached.

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