Trump impeachment trial day four: All the latest updates

Lula Sharp
January 23, 2020

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff leaves the Capitol, in Washington, on January 22, 2020. During his opening arguments, lead House manager Adam Schiff referenced the new evidence that has emerged since Trump was impeached in December.

Blocked so far in their drive to persuade the Republican-led Senate to let them call new witnesses, Democrats are using their time instead to outline an extensive narrative, complete with video clips, based on the testimony presented during hearings in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

The case focuses on efforts by Trump and his aides to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden, a leading 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and Biden's son on unsubstantiated corruption charges as well as a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Last year, Trump temporarily withheld $391 million in USA military aid to Ukraine, which Democrats say was leverage for his demands.

Television networks and cable channels have gone gavel-to-gavel this week on coverage of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, airing every word from every speaker into the middle of the night.

Trump again ridiculed the Democrats' impeachment case, saying on Twitter, "The Democrat House would not give us lawyers, or not one witness, but now demand that the Republican Senate produce the witnesses that the House never sought, or even asked for?"

Trump is nearly certain to be acquitted by the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed to remove him from office. But the case could help determine whether Trump wins a second term in November's election.

"We're trying this case to two juries - the Senate and the American people", Schiff acknowledged Wednesday ahead of opening arguments.

No matter how overwhelming the evidence confronting Trump, it becomes less compelling when presented again and again, day after day, as Democrats try to convince not just fidgety senators but an American public deeply divided over the president in an election year.

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Sekulow said, "We believe, without question, the president will be acquitted".

Democrats said they will focus on the Constitution, the impeachment articles and the facts relating to them on Thursday. "So we are going to continue to hear allegations of coverups".

Trump could also file a lawsuit and ask a federal judge to block Bolton from testifying, Stern said, but that maneuver would likely anger the Republican senators who voted to hear from Bolton.

Trump began the fourth day of the impeachment trial against him by tweeting and retweeting at least eight times deriding the process and Democrats involved.

"Adam Schiff's speech about why the president abused power and obstructed Congress seemed awfully similar to Jerry Nadler's speech about why the president abused power and obstructed Congress", Wallace said.

Hints of the scheme, Schiff argues, were apparent in the now-familiar July 25 call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. After the House prosecutors finish Friday, the president's lawyers will follow.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 1974 case involving a judicial subpoena to then-President Richard Nixon that a president's need for confidentiality must be balanced against Congress's need for testimony or documents. Republicans rejected Democratic efforts to get Trump aides including former national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, to testify in back-to-back votes earlier this week.

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