Trump lawyers and Democrats preview arguments before impeachment trial

Clay Curtis
January 20, 2020

"The 100 members of the senate who serve as the jurors in this trial and also are the ones that vote on the rules, so I think every single one of us has to look inside our hearts and do our very best to provide impartial justice", Smith said. "And I hope, at the end of the day, enough Republican senators will understand: history will find you".

He points out that Ukraine's leader himself denied that he had been pushed by him to reopen investigation into the son of the Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden in return for military assistance, arguing that the House's case rests "entirely on assumptions, presumptions, and speculation from witnesses with no first-hand knowledge." .

The Trump legal team called the two articles of impeachment "a risky attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president" and encouraged politicians to reject "poisonous partisanship" and "vindicate the will of the American people" by rejecting both articles of impeachment approved by the House.

A politically motivated impeachment, he added, was the "greatest nightmare" of the country's founders.

He dismissed the idea that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense.

Schiff was surprised that the White House document did not attempt to rebut the case on its facts, he said on Sunday on ABC News' This Week.

Both sides took to the TV talk shows Sunday to preview their arguments and court public opinion that has shown little movement since House impeachment proceedings began in September.

"This is preposterous that this would not be an impeachable offense - that the standard in America is now that a president can abuse their power to help them in elections", Booker said on "This Week".

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"Alan is saying, and you correct me if I am wrong, is that even if everything that the Democrats allege is true, there's still no impeachable offense here, and so that means there is no need for witnesses, is that right?" "Trump.pdf">a six-page document released on Saturday (local time).

Giuliani was allegedly involved in a push to pressure Ukraine into launching investigations into Trump's political rivals, working to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and pushing out former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who was reportedly viewed as an obstacle in obtaining the promise of investigations.

The House, now controlled by the Democrats, impeached the president last month. "We don't have the votes for that".

"The vote was to impeach on abuse of power ― which is not within the Constitutional criteria for impeachment", Dershowitz said. In other words, she wanted to try and force the Senate to call additional witnesses, like former National Security Advisor John Bolton and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

Cornyn said he expected to see essentially the same rules as during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1998.

The president says the younger Biden and his father, who is vying for the Democratic nomination in this year's presidential race, should both be investigated for alleged corruption.

Underscoring the stark divide running through the Senate, Cornyn said Trump was being impeached "for a non-crime for events that never occurred", while Nadler said "any jury would convict him in three minutes flat".

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