Impeachment: Democrats undoing 2016 election, say Trump lawyers

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I don't think I've ever heard another person who doesn't work in the television industry who's quite as preoccupied with television ratings as Donald Trump.

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's defense team, said they would open their reply to the prosecution Saturday by putting on an "affirmative case" that would "rebut and refute" the Democrats' arguments.

The discredited theory that blames Ukraine for interfering in the 2016 elections is no laughing matter, Schiff said, calling it central to the impeachment charges.

"Now what does President Zelensky say?" 'Yes, you are absolutely right. He's done it before.

"If you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed".

He said nations where justice may be repressed have nowhere else to turn to if the USA loses its stature as an indispensable nation, an apparent reference to the leadership of Trump, now facing trial for abuse of power.

The House of Representatives appointed seven Democrats to present their case against Trump, which began on Tuesday.

Schiff's prosecution team detailed how Trump flagrantly undertook past year to force Kiev to help him tarnish his possible 2020 reelection rival, former vice president Joe Biden.

Trump also asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a discredited theory beneficial to Russian Federation that Ukraine worked with Democrats to hurt Trump in the 2016 United States election. The president is facing two articles of impeachment, for abuse of power and for obstruction of Congress.

"The president has repeatedly, flagrantly, violated his oath ... the president's conduct is wrong".

The poll showed that two out of three Americans are paying attention to the proceedings, with Democrats more interested than Republicans.

The U.S. Senate moved into the second day of opening statements from the Democratic house managers in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump and the arguments focused on claims the president abused his power by soliciting Ukraine's help in the 2020 election.

They "said it clearly violated the Impoundment Act". The first was with regard to when Ukraine knew aid was cut off, and again later in the segment on a point that involved the House impeachment managers such as Rep. Adam Schiff not addressing or mentioning things. "We have a great case", Trump said on Wednesday at a global economic forum in Davos.

He said House impeachment managers had "the burden of proof", adding, "They have not come close to meeting it".

"I don't believe anything they've said so far is impeachable", Senator Rick Scott told reporters after Democrats wrapped up their case Friday night.

Trump condemned the proceedings as "unfair & corrupt" in a Twitter post yesterday.

"Stated simply, President Trump's categorical blockade of the House, his refusal to honor any subpoenas, his order that all subpoenas-not even knowing what they were-all subpoenas be defied, has no analog in the history of the republic", Nadler said on the Senate floor.

It was a somewhat hopeful sign that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to some changes in the overly restrictive rules he originally proposed to govern the trial.

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said Democrats have no case and are doing damage to democracy by trying to undermine the will of American voters.

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