Manchin, Capito ready for next phase of 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

They get a total of 24 hours over the course of three days to present their case before President Trump's legal team gets to present its case against impeachment. They will not get their chance to present their case until Saturday and will have up to three days to defend their client.

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin remarked a couple of times on Saturday, following the opening arguments from the White House defense team, that the President is "winning" in the Senate impeachment trial. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), but after he said Friday that the House managers "presented us with a mountain of overwhelming evidence", the Post noted this "could indicate that he is not inclined to hear more".

In one tweet, Trump summarized claims by former State Department official Robert Charles, who served in the George W. Bush administration.

But he said, "I don't think there's going to be any ground shift" when asked about the Democrats' arguments.

"They're asking you to tear up all of the ballots across the country on your own initiative".

"They ought to go back to work for our great American people!"

It is the third presidential impeachment trial in US history.

Democrats were yesterday set to resume those arguments in the Senate trial of President Trump by focusing on the impeachment article charging him with abuse of power while working to persuade moderate Republicans that they should subpoena witnesses, like former national security adviser John Bolton.

And they detailed the extensive role of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in the scheme to pressure Zelensky, even while USA intelligence and diplomatic chiefs disagreed with it.

"Not a single witness testified that the president himself said that there was any connection between any investigations in security assistance, a presidential meeting, or anything else", Purpura said. "Joe Biden was charged as vice president of the United States with Ukraine policy".

"There can't be a threat without the person knowing he's being threatened", Purpura said.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., handed out the toys to his colleagues before Thursday's trial proceedings began.

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.

The poll - which ran from January 17-22 - also showed that US public opinion has moved little since the US House of Representatives impeached Trump in mid-December.

So it looks like to me, at this point, the House has a narrow list of things they're bringing to try and convict the president on it but they're actually trying to be able to stretch the Senate trial out as long as they possibly can.

The case against Trump is focused on a July 25 telephone call in which he asked Zelenskiy to open a corruption investigation into the Bidens as well as a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, meddled in the 2016 US election. They will continue their opening remarks Monday and Tuesday before the interrogation phase starts in the middle of next week. After that, the off-ramp stage will consider motions, including any by the White House to dismiss the case and those to include witnesses.

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