What we learned at the Trump trial Friday

Here are some of the key moments from the day.


Democratic impeachment managers finished making their opening arguments against President Trump last night by declaring him an “imminent threat” to American democracy

Here are some of the key moments from the day.

4:05 P.M. First day of Trump’s defense will be ‘coming attractions’ President Donald Trump’s defense team will present opening arguments for three hours starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the president’s lawyer Jay Sekulow. “Well call it a trailer, coming attractions,” Sekulow told reporters Friday. “We have three hours to put it out.” Friday marks the last day for House Democrats’ opening arguments, with Trump’s defense starting its case Saturday. — Marianne LeVine and Burgess Everett 3:43 P.M. What the Senate cameras don't catch at the trial To most of the nation, President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is visible only from a pair of Senate-controlled cameras, aimed solely on the speakers at the front of the room. But reporters perched in a press gallery balcony have captured otherwise unseen moments inside the chamber, observing every fidget, cough and chuckle of the senators who face strict rules of decorum during the trial. While it can feel like chronicling frivolous political theater at times — clocking who nodded off after lunch, chugged their glass of milk, or snuck in an Apple watch — senators’ behavior can also shed valuable insight on the moods and mindsets of the 100 people who control the president’s fate. at some of the senators who are standing out among the pack. — Sarah Ferris, Melanie Zanona and Heather Caygle 3:01 P.M. In video, McCain makes trial appearance The late Sen. John McCain made an appearance in the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, via video played by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. Schiff (D-Calif.) read a quote from McCain saying "we are all Ukrainians" and then played a clip of the former Arizona senator. "Putin also sees: Here's this beautiful and magnificent and large country called Ukraine. Suppose Ukraine, finally, after failing in 2004, gets it right: Democracy, gets rid of corruption, economy is really improving and its right there on the border with Russia. I think it makes him really nervous if there was a success in Ukraine," McCain said in the clip, adding that Russia's economy, by contrast, is "propped up by energy." McCain's best friend, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), has become one of Trump's staunchest defenders in the impeachment process and the Senate GOP is still filled with longtime friends of McCain, who died in 2018. Graham was in the chamber and did not appear particularly emotional during the moment. — Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine 2:45 P.M. Poll: Two-thirds want Senate to call additional witnesses Two-thirds of Americans believe the Senate should hear from additional witnesses at Trump’s impeachment trial, a new survey shows, suggesting broad public support for Democratic efforts to seek further testimony from senior administration officials. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll published Friday, 66 percent of respondents want the Senate to call new witnesses, while 27 percent say the chamber should render its verdict without the extra testimony. Those surveyed were mostly split on whether the Senate should vote to acquit or convict the president, with 49 percent saying Trump should not be removed from office and 47 percent saying he should be ousted. The poll’s results come as Democratic lawmakers have dug in on their demands for acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton and others with knowledge of the Ukraine scandal to testify before the Senate. A potential vote on calling those witnesses could take place early next week, though it remains unclear whether such a measure would attract sufficient backing from Republican senators. The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted Jan. 20-23, surveying a random national sample of 1,004 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. — Quint Forgey 2 P.M. Senate chaplain presses for civility Senate Chaplain Barry Black is used to giving his opening prayer to a fairly empty Senate chamber. But during the impeachment trial, his soothing tones have the vast majority of senators rapt as they sit at their desks. As he speaks each morning, it's one of the few times senators aren't fidgeting, writing in their notebooks or pacing around the chamber. And on Friday, Black’s prayer was particularly notable. He asked for senators to “strive for civility and respect” and to respect opposing viewpoints “regarding convictions and conclusions.” And he also seemed to make a plea not for senators to unload on the House managers and White House counsel. “Give them the wisdom to distinguish between facts and opinions without lambasting the messengers,” he concluded. “We pray in your strong name. Amen.” — Burgess Everett 1:48 P.M. Dems soften tone after Nadler dust-up The seven House Democrats tasked with prosecuting President Donald Trump in the Senate have noticeably shifted their demeanor over the last three days, carefully adopting a more deferential — and at times, outright apologetic — tone in their final attempt to convince even a single Republican of the breadth and weight of their case against the president. GOP senators say they have noticed Democrats’ stylistic change, with the impeachment managers deploying more personal appeals to the 100 jurors who will decide Trump’s fate. Several Republicans praised the performance of Democrats like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — who delivered an impassioned closing speech on Thursday night — even as they quickly dispelled the substance of his case. Read more: POLITICO

They are not wrong. He’s what you might call a “clear and present danger” to the republic. No the DNC is a 'imminent threat'. They have weaponized the Impeachment article in a desperate attempt to influence the 2020 elections Here is Democratic Leadership demanding to 'Get Rid Of Him' and plotting a Coup D'etat Impeachment back in 2017 long before the call to Ukraine even took place.

SpeakerPelosi America owes u and all the house mgrs a debt of gratitude 4 a valiant defense of our constitution. Thank u 4 honoring your oath. Btw, u nailed it when u named RepAdamSchiff as lead mgr. WOW!! Way to rep California. Cld not be prouder 👏🏽🇺🇸🐻 All I will say about this.....And the last 3 years is.....if Americadoes NOT vote tRUMP & the GOP out en masse in the next election, I personally will NEVER look at them the same again!

Pa. man chokes girlfriend after getting 'upset' while watching Trump impeachment trialThe woman told police in Pennsylvania that Lonnie D. Clark had been drinking alcohol all day while watching the impeachment trial and 'was upset.' Who cares Was he a rep or a dem? Don’t leave us in suspense. As his lawyer I would argue “Justifiable assault”. Your Honour She was switching to “dancing with the stars”

Fact-checking the Senate impeachment trial of President TrumpA number of people involved in the trial, including President Donald Trump, have dished some not-quite-accurate claims. The word you're looking for is 'Lied' Schiff entire opening statement. Minus the “Hello” We don't impeach presidents for fictitious crimes. No high crimes. No misdemeanor crimes. Just fantasy crimes. No law, no law broken. Judges throw out such nonsense.

Senate impeachment trial: Democrats make their case against TrumpRep. Adam Schiff began three days of opening arguments for House Democrats, appealing to Senators as impartial jurors and laying a roadmap for the Democrats' case in the impeachment trial. Catch up on what you missed: Donald trump has thrown white privilege out the door officially This is us paying them to cover up their crimes and making it a crime for anyone to ask about the crimes they committed. Chinese torture.

Senate impeachment trial live updates: Democrats to make constitutional case against TrumpRep. Adam Schiff is expected to make the constitutional case against President Trump at his Senate trial Thursday, arguing 'abuse of power.' any senator that left the trial should not be allowed to vote. That did not hear the evidence to be an impartial juror Very informative with a timeline of new details

Impeachment Trial Live Updates: Day 2 of the Case Against TrumpToday in the impeachment trial of President Trump: House managers will continue to lay out their argument for why the president’s conduct warranted his removal. Follow our live coverage: AntiimperialistasEnMarcha YankeeGoHome UnidosVenceremos LealesSiempreTraidoresNunca HandsOffVenezuela ModoActivo Definition of kangaroo court 1: A mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted 2: A court characterized by irresponsible, unauthorized, or irregular status or procedure.

Jason Johnson: Impeachment trial has established ‘Trump is a cheater’.DrJasonJohnson: 'One thing that Americans understand– they don't like cheaters. What this trial has established is that Donald Trump is a cheater in a way that we're not used to.' DrJasonJohnson Always have been! ThisIsntNew DrJasonJohnson Trump is snake and can't be trusted DrJasonJohnson Democrats and Never Trumpers are the only people who even care about all this. Cheering on Schiff and booing Graham as if any of it matters. It doesn’t matter to Trump supporters and the handful of people who haven’t made up their minds about it are playing slots or something.

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