Trump impeachment trial day 12: All the latest updates

Tuesday, 04 Feb, 2020

House managers, who act as prosecutors, had faced an uphill battle from the start, with a two-thirds Senate vote needed to remove Trump from office.

Criticism only intensified late Saturday after USA media reported that US officials cited presidential privilege in redacting 24 emails related to Mr. Trump's hold on military assistance to Ukraine, an issue at the heart of his impeachment trial for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

President Donald Trump's lawyer Ken Starr speaks on the Senate floor on February 3, 2019. Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, have made a bet.

The managers proved that what the president did was wrong, Manchin said on the one hand.

"The logical conclusion of this argument is that the president is the state, that his interests are the nation's interests, that his will is necessarily ours", Crow said.

"They don't care about fairness, they don't care about lying", the president said Sunday in a Fox News interview aired during the Super Bowl pregame show. Before that he tweeted: "I hope Republicans & the American people realize that the totally partisan Impeachment Hoax is exacty [sic] that, a Hoax". And I think Iowans understand that experience matters.

"No, I'm gonna have it", he said.

"If the president was upset with what the Bidens were doing in Ukraine, he should've called the (U.S.) attorney general", William Barr, Alexander said. "It is said that a single man or woman of courage makes a majority", Schiff said.

Ernst said it was "up to the American people" to decide on Trump's behavior, adding that she would vote Wednesday to acquit the president, who is also accused of obstruction of Congress.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spearheaded the Dem-triggered impeachment of US President Donald Trump. Just two Republicans, Sens. "We've still got some work to do", said Sen. "I shouldn't have done that, shouldn't have done it that way, '" Alexander told NBC. "He maybe did it in the wrong manner".

Several Republicans, meanwhile, claimed over the weekend that the President had been chastened by the impeachment proceedings. "So, I think that it reaffirms why I would love to hear from [Mick] Mulvaney and [John] Bolton".

The key 51-49 vote against calling witnesses in the trial came Friday over Democratic objections.

In between, Democrats in Iowa's caucuses will take the first step Monday night toward choosing the candidate who'll run against Trump in November. Zelensky and Trump subsequently denied the accusation. By the end of the trial, a few Republican Senators had even admitted that Trump's conduct was less than ideal- something few of their counterparts in the House of Representatives had said during the inquiry- but so far none has publicly said his behavior warrants removal from office.

Trump has often ridiculed the impeachment effort against him, and did again over the weekend.

"Today we urge you, in the face of overwhelming evidence of the president's guilt, and knowing that if left in office he will continue to seek foreign interference in the next election, vote to convict on both articles of impeachment and remove from office Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States", Schiff said.