ND senators react to day 2 of impeachment trial

Clay Curtis
January 24, 2020

Much of the managers' eight-hour presentation repurposed testimony and evidence followers have become familiar with over the last several months.

"No president has ever used his office to compel a foreign nation to help him cheat in our elections", Jerrold Nadler of NY, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told the senators. Fresh from his trip to the Swiss Alps and the Davis World Economic Forum, the USA president's tweetstorm set a new presidential record for the most tweets and retweets in a single day - more than a 140 on Wednesday - tapped out furiously in his own defense: "The Democrats & Shifty Schiff, whose presentation to the Senate was loaded with lies and misrepresentations, are refusing to state that the Obama Administration withheld aid from many countries, including Ukraine, Pakistan, Philippines, Egypt, Honduras, & Mexico". You will hear accusations and name calling ... But you will not hear a refutation of the evidence.

Democratic prosecutors will complete their arguments Friday with a focus on the second impeachment charge, obstruction of Congress, before Trump's legal team holds the floor in his defence for three days. "This is why, if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed". This idea is "terrifying", he continued. "It confirms that this president sees no limits on his power, or on his ability to use his public office for private gain".

The founding father has enjoyed something of a pop-culture resurgence in the country thanks to the hit Broadway musical bearing his name, and Democratic lawmakers leading impeachment have repeatedly treated the quote in question as a prescient warning for the country's political circumstances today.

The president, though, does not face prison but possible removal from office.

"You can't trust this president to do what's right for this country".

His defense team takes over on Saturday and will have up to 24 hours over three days to present their case. It does not apply to acts that are merely unwise or unpopular. "Impeachment is reserved for deliberate decisions by the president to embark on a course of conduct that betrays his oath of office and does violence to the Constitution", Nadler said.

Lead House manager and California Rep. Adam Schiff turned to comments made by several witnesses who testified before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry late past year.

They argued that Trump pushed the Ukrainian government to probe Biden and his son because he was anxious about facing the former vice president in November's election.

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Jennifer Williams, Vice President Mike Pence's special adviser for Europe and Russian Federation, also characterized the phone call as "unusual" and "inappropriate".

"Trump put himself first", ahead of US policy and the national interest, said Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and lead Democratic prosecutor.

The roots of these allegations surfaced before Trump actually won the election.

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. But that theory still persists in the White House.

"There is no real dispute that Russian Federation - not Ukraine - attacked our elections", said Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, one of the House managers.

The answer, she said, was that the former vice president had entered the Democratic presidential race and polls showed he would be Trump's strongest challenger in the 2020 election."It wasn't until Biden began beating him in polls that he called for the investigation", said Garcia, a Texas Democrat.

"Donald Trump chose Rudy Giuliani over his own intelligence agencies".

But if the White House moves too abruptly, it risks angering the small group of Republican senators Democrats have been courting to cross party lines to allow new witnesses and evidence in the trial.

Democrats spent most of their time speaking about Trump's alleged abuse of power.

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