Monday, 24 February, 2020

House managers, Trump lawyers appeal to the other side in closing arguments

Whitmer says Trump Headed For Speedy Acquittal After Senate Votes Against Additional Witnesses
Marta Robbins | 04 February, 2020, 00:26

House Intelligence Committee chairman and lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff has continued to stir speculation of John Bolton's possible testimony in Congress. "It is said that a single man or woman of courage makes a majority", Schiff said.

Rep. Val Demmings (D-FL) invoked her experience as a police chief: "Today, unfortunately, I believe we're holding young police recruits to a higher standard than we are the leader of the free world". "And if you find that the House has proved its case and still vote to acquit, your name will be tied to his with a cord of steel for all of history".

Schiff argued that if Trump is not stopped by the Senate, he will cheat in the November election.

"He has not changed".


The administration's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said in a court filing that it "has redacted portions of 24 documents pursuant to the Presidential Communications Privilege", according to US media. As we discussed, Alexander read the call summary, heard the arguments, weighed the evidence, and concluded that Trump is guilty - of an offensive that isn't especially important.

Trump's path to a speedy acquittal was sealed when Republican senators voted Friday to rebuff Democrats' efforts to call new witnesses. He wrote that he believed Democratic claims that Trump used almost $400 million in aid to Ukraine as leverage to force an investigation of Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who worked on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

"America will remember this day - a day when the United States Senate did not live up to its responsibilities, turned away from truth and instead went along with a sham trial", Mr. Schumer said. It's the right thing for our country.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) used cautious language yesterday on CNN, but she nevertheless told Jake Tapper the president pursued his goals "maybe in the wrong manner". These types of impeachment must end. The framers of the Constitution, the managers have repeatedly argued, devised impeachment as a bulwark against this precise abuse of power, and Congress must act accordingly, they say.


Numerous protests will occur near or outside the offices of Republican senators, who voted against witnesses because they believed more evidence was not needed to reach a conclusion on Trump's innocence. Kennedy said he would vote to acquit Trump.

And Murkowski answered "yes" when asked if she had decided how to vote on the two articles of impeachment, but did not elaborate.

On Friday, just two Republican senators - Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of ME - joined Democrats in voting to introduce witnesses into the impeachment trial.

The lengthy impeachment hearings in the Dem-controlled US House kicked off last fall after a whistleblower - whose identity remains a riddle for the public and media - alleged that Trump prodded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.


The quote is from Professor Dumbledore, who said, 'It is our choices that show who we truly are for more than our abilities.' This trial will soon be over, but there will be many choices for all of us in the days ahead, the most pressing of which is how each of us will decide to fulfill our oath.

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