ND senators react to day 2 of impeachment trial

Democratic House impeachment managers walk to the Senate floor

Democratic House impeachment managers walk to the Senate floor

House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 24, 2020, in this image taken from video.

During their presentation, the House managers sought to preempt likely defense arguments that Trump's actions were warranted, that Trump did not commit a crime, and that impeachment is a political vendetta by Democrats seeking to overturn the 2016 election and anxious about the next one in November.

As senators sat through endless hours of arguments, they found a new outlet to focus their attention: fidget spinners. "If you're the vice president of the United States and the Ukraine is in your portfolio, you're going to have to answer questions about how your son made three million dollars from the most corrupt company in the Ukraine, you didn't know about it", Graham said.

They've also urged members of the Senate to allow new witnesses, like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, to testify in the trial.

Trump tweeted Friday that it's unfair to have to begin his defense on Saturday, which he called "Death Valley in T.V". The managers could take one more eight-hour day to put the finishing touches on their case, or they could move quickly to a concise conclusion.

My colleague David Marcus yesterday pointed out some serious problems with this argument, not least of which is that there is no evidence of an emerging unspoken consensus among GOP senators that what Trump did was objectionable-just the opposite, in fact, as the impeachment trial drags on. Our coverage continues on Friday at 12:50 p.m. ET with politics reporter Evan Donovan and DC correspondent Jessi Turnure.

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HuffPost's Ryan Reilly reports that when Bossert in the clip quipped that hiring Giuliani is a way to self-impeach, there were "a lot of laughs on both sides of the Senate chamber". While they are not required to use that full time, Democrats have.

On Thursday the impeachment managers, the prosecution, mustered scores of videos, internal documents and extensive witness testimony to lay out their case that the U.S. leader abused his powers, the first of two articles of impeachment against him.

Trump's lawyers are expected to argue that the president's demands to Ukraine to investigate a political rival were legitimate, publicly tarring Biden from the Senate floor days before the February 3 Iowa caucuses sound the starting gun on the Democratic nomination battle.

"Hear he!" But most appear to be expecting the inevitable conclusion that the Republican majority will acquit the president and the USA politicians - and the political junkies gripped by this sometimes stupefying spectacle - can start worrying about Trump's re-election campaign.

Lead House manager and California Rep. Adam Schiff turned to comments made by several witnesses who testified before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment inquiry late a year ago.

Schiff capped a long day in which Democrats detailed Trump's scheme to pressure Ukraine for help in his reelection. Still, she says, he has been presenting a "calm, level case" against the president.

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Trump's defence team is now arguing that the impeachment articles against him are invalid because they do not allege he committed a specific crime.

"The White House would be wasting its time to meet with and lobby those four senators against calling witnesses or issuing subpoenas", said the veteran Republican operative Charlie Black.

Democrats seemed to be anticipating arguments expected from the president's attorneys in the days ahead.

During their presentations, Democrats have been summarizing much of the evidence and testimony already presenting during the televised impeachment hearings.

Trump was also voicing conservative frustration that's likely been simmering more and more after three days of listening to Democrats argue he should be removed from office.

About 7 in 10 said so, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats, according to the poll.

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About one in five Republicans and Democrats alike say they only get news from sources they feel reflects their political beliefs, Pew said.

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