Thursday, 27 February, 2020

Watch live as Trump team delivers opening remarks in impeachment trial

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland Wednesday ND senators react to day 2 of impeachment trial
Terrell Bush | 26 January, 2020, 00:22

House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 24, 2020.

Schiff shrugged off Republican arguments that American voters, and not the Senate, should decide whether Trump remains in the White House.

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said Wednesday that the president's defense team will not reject the case.

Trump is nearly certain to be acquitted by the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed to remove him from office.

Trump also asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a discredited theory beneficial to Russian Federation that Ukraine worked with Democrats to hurt Trump in the 2016 United States election.

Schiff, who delivered closing arguments for the prosecution, was holding Republican senators rapt as he called for removing Trump from office for abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

As a reminder, Trump is set to give his State of the Union to Congress on February 4. And 70 percent of the public - including 80 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Republicans - said senators should "act as impartial jurors" during the trial. "And we want to try our case because we believe that the president will no doubt be acquitted".

Democrats have two more days to make their case. Democrats will then have to do the same for Trump's defense team. USA military aid to Ukraine was frozen for a period of time.

In a recent interview, Parnas said he told Trump that evening that Yovanovitch was working against him. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) Then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington on January 30, 2010. "The president did talk about burden sharing in that phone call, and the House managers didn't focus on that or even mention it, and fair is fair". The amendments proposed subpoenas for documents and testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

The prosecutors spoke for about eight hours combined on Wednesday.

Anti-government protests escalate in Lebanon
The pitched street battles lasted for almost nine hours, with both protesters and the government trading blame for the violence. More than 120 were treated in hospitals, including a protester with an eye injury, as well as members of the security forces.

Schumer said one report, which cited anonymous sources and claimed that some Democrats are mulling a compromise that would see some witnesses Democrats want testify along with former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, was "false".

He addressed a specific point from one attorney on addressing when Ukraine knew aid was cut off, saying the attorney was "persuasive on that point".

"I think we're all committed to doing the best job that we can". But honestly, we have all the material.

Some prominent Republicans, including those facing competitive re-election bids and critics of Trump, said they were holding off on making a decision.

Cipollone, opening the rebuttal for Trump's defense team after days of House Democrat presentations to the Senate, said that Democrats "are asking you to do something very, very consequential, and I would submit to you ... very, very unsafe".

"This morning, the president not only confessed to it, he bragged about it: 'Honestly, we have all the material". Collins again shook her head and said, "No".

White House counsel Pat Cipollone told senators the president "did absolutely nothing wrong". Alexander Vindman who said Trump undermined national security during his testimony before House committees. This conspiracy theory was pushed by Russian government-run media outlets in a bid to deflect attention away from the Kremlin's own 2016 election interference.

Also read: Trump impeachment - What happens next?

Shortly after the vote, Van Drew officially announced he was defecting from the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican.

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