Phase 2 of the Democrats’ opening arguments against President Trump focused on why the Constitution doesn’t require a crime to be removed from office. “No one anticipated that a president would stoop to this misconduct,” House Judiciary Chair Nadler said.
It's the final day for the seven House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff , to state their case that Trump should be removed from office.Closing Bell "It's what's made us the greatest nation on Earth. No Constitution can protect us if right doesn't matter anymore, and you know you can't trust this president to do what's right for this country. You can trust he will do what's right for Donald Trump." The proceedings ended around 10:30 p.m. ET. When the Senate convenes at 1 p.m. Friday, Democrats are expected to detail their argument that Trump, by refusing to hand over any documents to the House and by pressuring witnesses not to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, is guilty of obstruction of Congress. The Democrats have 24 hours total, spread out over three days, to state their case. Trump's lawyers will have the same time to present the president's defense. They are expected to start Saturday — a time slot that Trump grumbled about on Twitter as "Death Valley in T.V." Senators, who are required to remain silent during the trial proceedings, will then have 16 cumulative hours to ask questions of the House managers and the defense team in writing. Under Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's rules, the Senate will then get to vote on whether to produce documents and witnesses in the trial that Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for. Amendments to issue subpoenas beforehand for a slew of documents and witnesses were shot down Tuesday. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has pressed Republicans to support calling witnesses when it comes up for a vote. Democrats need four Republicans to vote with them. Even if they win that battle, it remains unlikely that two-thirds of the Senate will vote to convict and remove the president from office. House impeachment managers Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., are seen in the Capitol before the continuation of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call | Getty Images House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., spent a large chunk of time arguing that Trump's conduct is impeachable, even if it doesn't violate a specific criminal law. Impeachment, Nadler said, "exists to address threats to the political system, applies only to political officials and responds not by imprisonment or fines, but only by stripping political power." "No one anticipated a president would stoop to this misconduct, and Congress has passed no specific law to make this behavior a crime," Nadler added. "Yet this is precisely the kind of abuse that the framers [of the Constitution] had in mind when they wrote the impeachment clause." Nadler cited several historical and modern sources to support this point — including a 1999 argument from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close Trump ally and one of the Senate's most vocal critics of the impeachment proceedings. "What's a high crime? How about an important person hurting somebody of low means?" Graham asked in the Senate in 1999. "It's not very scholarly, but I think it's the truth. I think that's what they meant by high crimes. Doesn't even have to be a crime. It's just when you start using your office and you're acting in a way that hurts people, you've committed a high crime," Graham said in the clip. An all-caps chyron above Graham in the clip read: "LINDSEY GRAHAM: IMPEACHMENT DOES NOT REQUIRE A CRIME." The Democrats also spent a significant amount of time establishing that Trump wanted Zelenskiy to announce probes into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter in order to help Trump's reelection prospects. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, argued that Trump had been unconcerned about corruption in Ukraine until Biden announced his presidential bid. "The president asked Ukraine for this investigation for one reason and one reason only: because he knew it would be damaging to an opponent who was consistently beating him in the polls and therefore it could help him get reelected in 2020," Garcia said. Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's attorneys, told reporters that by bringing up the Bidens in the trial, Democrats have "kind of opened the door to that response. So we'll determine as a defense team the appropriate way to do it." Trump's lawyers argue that the president has done nothing wrong. On the last day of the Democrats' opening presentations, Trump is scheduled on Friday to become the first sitting president to speak at the March For Life, an annual gathering in Washington of thousands of anti-abortion activists and organizations. Related Tags Read more: CNBC
Does not require a CRIME? WoW, what happened to ‘Innocent till proven guilty’? 😳🙄🤷🏻♂️🇺🇸 PressSec SCOTUS Tosenior journalist in Thailand suthichai for Trump's impeachment. So now they admit there is no crime and Chuck says no negotiating for Repubs to call witnesses. How could none support this any longer.
........... the debate is exclusively political, citing other circumstances means having lost the sense of balance that governance requires .................... Right, you just have to be a Republican.
Trump impeachment trial live updates: Democrats begin 3 days of opening argumentsRep. Adam Schiff : 'I recognize there will be times during the trial that you may long to return to the business of the Senate... but not before you decide what kind of democracy that you believe we ought to be.' Make it stop! Thank God for the Food Network! If I have to listen to Adam Schiff talk for 2 more minutes I would puke. How many times do we have to hear the same crap over and over and over....... Hillary probably emailed them about it You git em, Adam!
Democrats launch first salvo at trial, accuse Trump of corrupt schemeSenator Lindsey Graham said that Democrats are 'on a crusade to destroy this man and they don't care what they destroy in the process of trying to destroy Donald Trump ' Projecting again Lindsay? back in 1999
Senate impeachment trial live updates: Democrats make their case against TrumpAsked if he or his son would consider testifying in Senate impeachment trial as part of any possible witness swap, Joe Biden says, 'This is a constitutional issue. And we're not going to turn it into a farce, into some kind of political theater.' Maybe it's hard for a culture of abuse to wrap its head around the concept of abuse of power? What a stupid question. 'we're not.... ' .... what's with that he's not in the senate and has nothing to say about anything.
Democrats launch first salvo at Trump impeachment trial, warn that world is watching'I'm exposing your hatred of this president,' Senator Lindsey Graham criticized Democrats for the way they are handling the impeachment process against Trump Pilot Fish Duh. Lindsay is turning into a very sad shell of a man!
Senate impeachment trial day 2: Democrats make their case against TrumpRep. Adam Schiff makes closing remarks on the first day of opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump: 'What brought us here is that some courageous people came forward — courageous people that risked their entire careers.' They're opening remarks. Good lord. Courageous people who are nameless. My dad flew in the ETO in WWII with his name around his neck. My HS friends went to Nam with names on their necks. They risked lives, not careers. And many lost the bet.
Democrats launch first salvo at Trump impeachment trial, say U.S global standing at stake'My Democratic colleagues, you can say what you want about me, but I’m covering up nothing,' Senator Lindsey Graham said about President Trump’s impeachment trial Loser! Way to amplify his obstruction. Are the adults at Reuters all in Davos now? hes lying