Lisa Murkowski, swing-vote Republican, says she 'cannot vote to convict' Trump

"Now do impartial justice and convict him" says Chief House Prosecutor Adam Schiff. — AP

That's just three years after he took office decrying a land of "American carnage" under his predecessor.

Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff implored those few Republican senators who have acknowledged Trump's wrongdoing in the Ukraine matter to prevent a "runaway presidency" and stand up to say "enough".

WHAT ABOUT 2020? The speech comes a day after the Iowa Caucuses, when the first votes of the 2020 presidential election are cast.

On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate is set to vote on whether to remove Mr Trump from office.

"I can not vote to convict", she said.

The theme of Trump's speech will be "the Great American Comeback", which is how he and his advisers see his presidency now after almost six months of impeachment proceedings that have scrutinized the president and his administration's conduct with Ukraine.

She accused them of a slapdash investigation of Trump's actions toward Ukraine and his alleged withholding of USA aid in order to pressure Kiev to investigate one of his political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Trump's speech as he ended his address.

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Pelosi, a frequent thorn in Trump's side, created a viral image with her seemingly sarcastic applause of the president a year ago.

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Guaidó is the leader of the opposition-led National Assembly in Venezuela.

The U.S. and more than 50 other nations believe the 2018 reelection of President Nicolás Maduro was illegitimate and say Guaidó should be considered president under the Venezuelan constitution. Trump called Guaido "the true and legitimate president of Venezuela".

"We have proven Donald Trump guilty". Democrats, on the other hand, sat stone-faced throughout much of it. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot.

At one moment he paused his speech to praise Rush Limbaugh, one of the fathers of America's hugely influential conservative radio landscape, who disclosed this week that he has advanced lung cancer. "He will not change, and you know it", he said.

Trump himself has said he plans an upbeat speech offering an optimistic vision at a time when Washington - and the rest of the country - is polarised over his leadership. Gretchen Whitmer is slated to give the Democratic response.

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The drug price reduction bill was passed by the House in December on a largely party-line vote. He may be waiting for Wednesday, when senators are widely expected to vote to acquit the president. There is also a small group of red state Democrats who have not announced their votes, and it is possible there could be a bipartisan acquittal of the president on one or both articles of impeachment.

Trump told the crowd that Williams works full time and volunteers helping military families while her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Townsend Williams, is deployed to Afghanistan.

Later, Trump outdid even this stroke of theatrics by singling out a woman in the audience whose army husband had been away for months on foreign deployments, then telling her he had "a very special surprise".

Sgt. Williams walked down the stairs to greet a shocked Amy Williams. History will not be kind to Donald Trump. Right there, on the dais behind him.

Pelosi could be seen shaking her head as Trump spoke of his views on immigration. She added: "It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative".

In the summer of 2017, Murkowski again was in the spotlight when she and two other moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins and the late John McCain - ruined Trump's push for a partial repeal of the "Obamacare" healthcare law.

While the Senate is safe ground for Trump, the Democratic majority in the House is expected to continue aggressive probes of Trump's alleged corruption.

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