Republicans present their defendants case next….
It is doubtful any witnesses will even be called…
Under directions from the defendant?
Jury foreman Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be trying to get the trial over as soon as possible….
It’s Donald Trump’s show…
One poll out has Trump actually gaining polling numbers as some of us thought he would like Bill Clinton in the same situation…
Schiff’s pointed and increasingly personal approach was an attempt to go beyond the specifics of House Democrats’ case to make the broader argument that Trump is an untrustworthy president who is likely to repeatedly flout the Constitution if allowed to stay in office.
“It goes to character,” Schiff said. “You don’t realize how important character is in the highest office in the land until you don’t have it.”
The Democrats’ closing statements were their final appeal to senators before the next phase of the trial: an aggressive rebuttal from Trump’s lawyers that will kick off Saturday and continue in earnest on Monday.
Speaking Friday on the Senate floor — hours after new evidence emerged of Trump’s campaign to oust the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine starting in 2018 — Schiff predicted that Trump’s future behavior would vindicate Democrats’ claim that he abused his power, and he warned Republicans the president, now their ally, could ultimately turn on them.
“Do you think for a moment that any of you — no matter what your relationship with this president, no matter how close you are to this president — do you think for a moment that if he felt it was in his interest, he wouldn’t ask you to be investigated?” he asked.
The remarks concluded the House managers’ case for the first article of impeachment, which charges Trump with abuse of power over allegations he withheld military aid and an Oval Office meeting from Ukraine to pressure the country’s leaders into announcing investigations into Trump’s political rivals. These included former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, while his father was in office. The managers spent the rest of the day detailing their case for the second article of impeachment — obstruction of Congress, following Trump’s barring the executive branch from cooperating with the House investigation.
The Senate will reconvene Saturday at 10 a.m. for several hours of what Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow described as “coming attractions” from his side — a preview of the pro-Trump case before the full-scale presentation begins Monday. The timetable is aimed at garnering peak television viewership — a priority for Trump as he faces the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history — though Sekulow also said that his side would not use its full 24-hour time allotment for defending Trump…..