President Trump’s Impeachment Trial Continues, January 25, 2020-President Trump’s Lawyers Argue Defense
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President Trump’s lawyers gave their opening arguments on Saturday after three days of Democrats making their case. But the president’s team is expected to present the bulk of their presentation next week, when more viewers are likely to be tuned in, in the video “Impeachment Trial Day 5: Trump’s lawyers to give opening arguments“, below:
President Trump’s defense team lawyers (including White House Counsel Pat Cipollone & Deputy White House Counsel Michael Purpura), made these arguments:
- The reason that President withheld military aid to Ukraine was due to burden sharing (other nations are not helping Ukraine as much as USA).
- President Trump wanted to fight corruption in Ukraine (but there is no evidence, neither witnesses nor documents).
- Democrats cherry picked
- There were no eye witness (but there were & there were people who knew).
- President could not participate in the House process because it did not go by the rules of the constitution requires (Senate process is going by what the constitution requires, will the President participate?)
- Democrats have the burden of proof (witnesses and/or documents are needed)
- Policy reason for denying military aid to Ukraine (but President had given no reasons)
- Denial of subpoenas was based on: whole House never authorized the committee (but the whole House did on October 31, 2019, they passed a resolution and proceeded to say that “we the whole House are authorizing the subpoenas that had been issued by the investigative committee. Therefore President Trump’s team had no excuse or reason for stonewalling the witnesses and documents.)
*President’s legal defense team does not contest the fact that military aid to Ukraine was cut off.
*President’s legal defense team does not contest the fact that President Trump solicited a foreign nation to interfere with our election.
*Pertinent witnesses and documents are needed for a real trial.
A rigged trial, without pertinent witnesses and/or documents, may occur in other countries, but should not occur here in USA.
CNN legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Preet Bharara react to President Donald Trump’s legal team opening arguments lasting under two hours on Saturday morning, in the video “Jeffrey Toobin on impeachment trial: Trump is winning here“, below:
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joins Judge Jeanine Pirro on ‘Justice’ to discuss the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, in the video “Sen. Ted Cruz reacts to latest in impeachment trial“, below:
A nearly 90-minute recording released of President Donald Trump at a 2018 dinner with indicted businessmen he has claimed he doesn’t know includes Trump speaking animatedly about removing the US ambassador to Ukraine, in the video “New audio video undermine President Trump’s claim about Lev Parnas“, below:
After reports emerged of the existence of an audio tape that appears to include Trump ordering aides to “get rid” of Amb. to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, ABC published the audio online, in the video “What Does Audio Of Trump Seeming To Order Yovanovitch’s Firing Change? The 11th Hour, MSNBC“, below:
The video above presented the obvious suggestion: using the Secret Ballot for the Senate impeachment trial seems to be the most reasonable choice, in addition to having a real trial by having witnesses and documents. Nancy Pelosi deserves much praise for having guided the impeachment trial process most effectively.
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) discusses the hundreds of new pages of documents that show how far up in the Republican party the Ukrainian scheme goes, in the video “Rep. Eric Swalwell On The Trove Of New Impeachment Evidence, All In, MSNBC“, below:
As the first week of Pres. Trump’s Senate trial wraps up, four Democratic senators who served during the Bill Clinton trial for an exclusive joint interview with MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber. All four say that abuse of power is an impeachable offense and a separate felony is not required for impeachment – fact-checking recent claims by Pres. Trump’s allies – while they differed on aspects of the Democratic House Managers’ arguments on obstruction of Congress. The four former Senators are Russ Feingold, Robert Torricelli, John Breaux and Byron Dorgan, who added that any President “has a responsibility to respond to the Congress, to provide those documents and those witnesses” requested in the Ukraine and impeachment investigations, in the video “Trump Trial: See Four Of Mitch McConnell’s Own Senate Veterans Fact-Check Him On Convicting POTUS“, below:
If the United States Congress cannot stand up to a bully of a POTUS who has contempt for the rule of law, the Congress will no longer be able to fulfill its responsibility of check and balance on the POTUS. This is the cross road when we will find out whether United States Senate is the institution that it is supposed to be or it is going to fail due to their fear of a bully.
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