What to Watch For in Trump’s Impeachment Trial Friday

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Back in December, Republicans in the House and the Senate expressed concern about Trump possibly tweeting through the impeachment trial. Sen.

The seven Democrats serving as prosecutors have been presenting their case for impeaching the president the past two days.

As senators sat through endless hours of arguments, they found a new outlet to focus their attention: fidget spinners.

Scott said that if one does as instructed by the president, "it is impossible not to come to the conclusion that the president is innocent of an impeachable offense".

The Trump campaign has also bashed Democrats over impeachment in fundraising emails and texts to supporters and through new Facebook ads asking for donations in the first week of the Senate impeachment trial, calling the impeachment a "witch hunt" and "war on democracy".

Jordan Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team and son of Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, called democratic arguments "more of the same - hyper-partisan politics in some form of legalese". And there aren't. There are just very few facts; a very weak case that he's presenting. Our coverage continues on Friday at 12:50 p.m. ET with politics reporter Evan Donovan and DC correspondent Jessi Turnure.

Biden and his son Hunter were frequent topics of the House managers on Thursday, even as the Democrats dismissed Republican suggestions that if witnesses are to be called, the Bidens should be among them.

At one point, the Democrats showed video footage of a younger Lindsey Graham, then a SC congressman and now a GOP senator allied with Trump, arguing during Bill Clinton's 1999 impeachment that no crime was needed for impeaching a president.

Democrats contend that President Trump attempted to pressure Ukraine into investigations that would help him in the 2020 election.

"There was no basis for the investigation the president was pursuing and pushing".

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Testimony and House Intelligence evidence highlight Giuliani's attempts to coordinate with US and Ukrainian officials, which House Democrats argue took place on Trump's behalf.

Schiff said Wednesday that Trump's "attempt to use the powers of the presidency to cheat in an election" shows that his "misconduct can not be decided at the ballot box-for we can not be assured that the vote will be fairly won".

Reiterating that McGahn's testimony was now "more urgent than ever", Letter said the DOJ's incompatible position is untenable, urging the Court to rule expeditiously on the matter. "You're going to hear more about that".

"If Mr Bolton were to testify, he would blow the roof off the US Capitol", said Gene Rossi, former federal prosecutor now in private practice at Carlton Fields law firm in Washington, DC. "You hear the House's case". It would take four Republican senators to join the Democratic minority to seek witnesses, and so far the numbers appear lacking. They include Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, who said Trump's July 25 call with Ukraine's president was "wrong".

After both sides have made their cases, senators will have 16 hours to submit questions to both the House managers and the president's defense team.

During their presentations, Democrats have been summarizing much of the evidence and testimony already presenting during the televised impeachment hearings.

Schiff, 59, and his fellow Democrats will have one final chance on Friday to make their case before Trump's legal team takes the floor on Saturday to rebut the evidence.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed the public slightly more likely to say the Senate should convict and remove Trump from office than to say it should not, 45% to 40%.

About one in five Republicans and Democrats alike say they only get news from sources they feel reflects their political beliefs, Pew said.

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