Chris Wallace says Senate impeachment trial reminds him of 'Groundhog Day'

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In a two-hour opening argument for the prosecution after days of procedural wrangling, Representative Adam Schiff said Trump had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on unsubstantiated corruption charges past year.

That outcome is not likely with partisan battle lines so deeply drawn, especially in the backdrop of how Americans are deeply divided over impeachment and with the nation watching the political proceeding play out ahead of a presidential election.

U.S. Democrats accused President Donald Trump at the start of his impeachment trial on Wednesday of a corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine to help him get re-elected and warned that America's global prestige will suffer if the U.S. Senate acquits him.

"The president's conduct is wrong".

A two-thirds majority vote in the Republican-controlled Senate is needed to remove him.

Trump is nearly certain to be acquitted by the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is needed to remove him from office.

The trial centers on Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

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Democrats have two more days to make their opening arguments.

Democrats have said they are eager to hear testimony by Bolton, who was involved, as his own lawyer said, in "many relevant meetings and conversations" involving issues at the heart of Trump's impeachment.

"There's a lot of things I'd like to rebut", said Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow at the Capitol, "and we will rebut".

"It's a reasonable position, and it's the case that Republicans ought to make in public", the editorial says. "I don't know if it will take 10 hours, 14 hours, 24 hours or six hours".

"Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are", Mr Roberts said.

Other House impeachment managers addressed the senators Wednesday, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler who talked about Trump's "smear campaign" against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

"I'm really not going to comment on evidence or the process until the trial is completed", the Utah Senator said. He spoke directly to Republicans to join them in voting to oust Trump from office to "protect our democracy".

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"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.

But Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen said: "Anyone following this testimony will see that the truth is right there in plain sight".

The National Review goes to accuse Republicans of holding reasonable opinions on President Trump's actions behind closed doors, but bowing to his "obstinacy" and keeping quiet in public. He described Trump's team, which will probably begin making its case on Saturday, as "unprepared, confused and tending to conspiracy theories". "That's the House's job to do the investigations".

After that senators will face the question of whether they do, or do not, want to call witnesses to testify.

Trump blasted the proceedings in a Thursday morning tweet, declaring them the "Most unfair & corrupt hearing in Congressional history!"

Criticism of Republican handling of Trump's impeachment trial - and his presidency overall - is nothing new. She said former National Security Adviser John Bolton was trying to send the American people a "very powerful message" when he said he did not want to be a part of whatever "drug deal" he said Giuliani was pursuing in Ukraine.

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