Trump lawyers conclude Senate defence with call for acquittal

Wednesday, 05 Feb, 2020

House Democrats and President Trump's defense team made their final arguments in the Senate impeachment trial before lawmakers vote later this week on whether to remove Trump from office.

How dare someone suggest, GOP senators said, that the genteel president would even consider retaliating against those who betray him.

McConnell called the two charges constitutionally incoherent, though he did disagree with the view offered by Trump's legal team that a president can not be impeached without a violation of statutory law. "A man without character or ethical compass will never find his way". "You are decent. He is not who you are".

"The House failed in its responsibilities and the Senate - the Senate should be ashamed by the rank partisanship that has been on display here", she said.

The seven impeachment prosecutors, led by Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, used evidence gathered by House committees since September to try to prove allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to announce corruption investigations that would benefit him politically.

The White House would not say whether it is modeling Trump's speech on President Bill Clinton's in 1999, amid his own impeachment trial.

It's the female vote that Republicans are after in most districts, and while there are many general conservative government issues that those GOP primary candidates are going to be to hawking to men and women, the vote on that proposed constitutional amendment to strike the right guaranteed to women by that "non-elected court" and handing it to elected legislators is going to be decisive in many districts. You'll vindicate the Constitution.

This all-time high for Trump comes as he's expected to be acquitted in his impeachment trial on Wednesday. Republicans have started to come out and agree that the president had "inappropriately" tried to get political help from that country while he held up military aid.

"Everybody said, "It's impossible to do".

Similar to Trump's situation today, there wasn't a lot of suspense about whether Clinton ultimately would be removed from office.

The final Senate vote is expected on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump will be facing his accusers Tuesday night during his State of the Union speech.

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The White House has revealed two guests so far, both of whom highlight priorities Trump will mention in his speech: Tony Rankins, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who got a job working on a project in an Opportunity Zone in Cincinnati; and Raul Ortiz, the deputy chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

After the closing arguments wrapped, at least one Democrat - Sen.

"I don't think so", Alexander said.

Schiff said that Trump, if left in office, would continue to seek foreign interference in the November 3 election in which he is asking voters to give him four more years as president. But Republicans have widely dismissed that idea.

"Censure would allow this body to unite across party lines", Mr Manchin said.

Republican senators are also asking Trump to steer clear of discussing impeachment during his speech. "That is the original sin of this presidency - that he won and they lost", McConnell said.

Others, like Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, said House Democrats rushed the process. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). "There are a lot of really great things he should talk about and stay away from maybe what the [impeachment] proceedings are".

Donald Trump faces a tough re-election. Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump. And I couldn't do that.

"The answer is elections, not impeachment", Sekulow said.

The last message delivered only in written format was Jimmy Carter's 33,667-word State of the Union just before leaving office in 1981.

Murkowski was widely viewed a possible Republican swing votes until she cast a crucial vote to block witnesses.

It'll be a different experience for Democrats, almost all of whom voted for Trump's impeachment in the House. "I'm going to have it". Analysts say that if Mr Trump says nothing about the plan during the speech, that could signal that he knows it's in trouble.