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Politics Trump impeachment trial live updates: Democrats begin 3 days of opening arguments

23:00  22 january  2020
23:00  22 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Democrats will have 24 hours over the next three days for their opening arguments in President Donald Trump ’s impeachment trial in the Senate. Opening arguments are set to start at 1 PM ET on Wednesday. Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates .

House manager Jason Crow begins his argument in favor of the amendment to subpoena the Office of PHOTO: House impeachment manager Rep. Zoe Lofgren speaks during opening arguments in the Susan Collins say she and others raised concerns about trying to fit the 24 hours of opening

-House managers begin 3 days of opening arguments

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff speaks during impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington, D.C.© ABC News House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff speaks during impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

-The president's lawyers make no motion to dismiss the charges

-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calls Tuesday 'a dark day and a dark night'

-President Trump says he will be watching, calls trial 'a disgrace'

Here is how the day is unfolding. Please refresh for updates.

3:30 p.m. Trump tweets while Schiff speaks

After Schiff finishes what he calls his "introduction," McConnell asks that the Senate take about a half-hour break.

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President Donald Trump 's impeachment trial will begin in earnest on Wednesday when both sides present opening arguments for and against Trump 's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi transmitted the two articles of impeachment to the Senate last week after almost a month of delay while Democrats

While Schiff was still speaking about the pressure campaign on Ukraine, President Trump tweeted "NO PRESSURE" while flying back from Davos, Switzerland.

Trump is expected back in Washington this evening.

2:32 p.m. Both Republicans and Democrats seem engaged with Schiff's presentation

Republicans and Democrats both seem very engaged, for the most part, with their binders filled with both sides briefs and taking notes.

During the arguments so far, the president's attorneys are listening -- sometimes White House counsel Pat Cipollone turns around to look at Schiff directly. They are passing notes but not smirking or laughing as anything is played. Their faces remain pretty neutral as the House presents their case and plays the video clips.

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Four key GOP moderates -- GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Gardner -- are all taking diligent notes, especially when Schiff discusses the need for witnesses and evidence.

When Schiff says this: "In 2016 then candidate Trump implored Russia to hack his opponent's email account, something that the Russian military agency did only hours later, only hours later. When the president said, hey Russia, if you're listening, they were listening." Sen. Lindsey Graham sat there and shook his head.

Later, when Schiff plays the video of the president saying "Russia if you're listening," he laughed quietly and smirked.

Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, also a lead manager, has been absent for most of Chairman Schiff's presentation. The reason is unclear but it could be that he is prepping for the Judiciary portion of the arguments given that the House Intelligence lawyers have a larger presence at the House impeachment managers table currently.

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All other managers are seated at the table.

-ABC News' Katherine Faulders

1:57 p.m. Schiff says the president's legal team can't contest the facts

Schiff attempts to bring all the threads of the Ukraine affair together for senators, accusing President Trump of using his office to pressure a foreign country to aid him politically ahead of the next election.

"President Trump withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to a strategic partner at war with Russia to secure foreign help with his re-election. In other words, to cheat," he says.

"In this way the president used official state powers available only to him and unavailable to any political opponent to advantage himself in a democratic election. His scheme was undertaken for a simple but corrupt reason, to help him win re-election in 2020," Schiff continues.

Schiff defends the "overwhelming evidence" and record assembled by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, despite Trump's "unprecedented and wholesale obstruction" of their investigation.

In gentler terms than yesterday, Schiff appeals to the Senate to vote in favor of hearing from additional witnesses.

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(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Senate began hearing opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trump ’s impeachment trial with proceedings now on a fast track. Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled open the session as senators settled in for a several long days of proceedings.

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"The House believes that an impartial juror upon hearing the evidence that the managers will lay out in the coming days will find that the Constitution demands the removal of Donald J. Trump from his office as president of the United States. But that will be for you to decide. With the weight of history upon you and as President Kennedy once said" "A good conscience is your only sure reward," he says.

He also takes a shot at the president's defenders and their argument, saying that former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and others are claiming a president can't be impeached for abusing power because they aren't contesting that he did so.

"When you focus on the evidence uncovered during the investigation you will appreciate there is no serious dispute about the facts," he says. "This is why you will hear the president's lawyers make the astounding claim that you can't impeach a president for abusing the powers of his office, because they can't seriously contest that that is exactly, exactly what he did," he says.

-- ABC News' Benjamin Siegel

1:53 p.m. Schiff: 'remarkably consistent evidence of President Trump's corrupt scheme and cover-up'

Schiff offers an outline of what the managers have called President Trump’s “scheme” to pressure the Ukrainian prime minister and muddle the U.S. intelligence committee findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

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Trump was impeached last month by the Democratic -controlled House of Representatives on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of The Senate trial , the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, will resume at 1 p.m. (1800 GMT), the day after Democrats argued more witnesses and

"Over the coming days you will hear remarkably consistent evidence of President Trump's corrupt scheme and cover-up," Schiff says.

1:08 p.m. Schiff takes lead as Democrats begin 3 days of opening arguments

Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House manager, begins to make the House case, arguments that could go as long as 24 hours over the next three days.

He starts by thanking the senators, referencing the late night less than 12 hours before.

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: Lead House Manager REp. Adam Schiff delivers his opening argument in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Capitol.© ABC News Lead House Manager REp. Adam Schiff delivers his opening argument in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Capitol.

"We went well into the morning as you know, until I believe around two in the morning, and you paid attention to every word and argument that you heard from both sides in this impeachment trial, and I know we are both deeply grateful for that," Schiff says, in a noticeably less combative tone than he took on Tuesday.

“You have the added difficulty of having to weigh the facts and the law, so I want to begin today by thanking you for the conduct of the proceedings yesterday and for inviting your patience as we go forward,” Schiff says.

a group of people in a room: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts addresses the Senate on the second day of the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Jan. 22, 2020.© ABC News Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts addresses the Senate on the second day of the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Jan. 22, 2020.

Schiff then outlines the history of why he says the framers included the power of impeachment in the Constitution.

He then lays out the specifics of the charges against President Trump.

Countering claims by Republicans and the president's lawyers that the articles of impeachment are invalid because they do not allege a specific crime, he quotes Alexander Hamilton as saying impeachment was warranted in when there is an "offense against the body politic' -- including "the abuse or violation of some public trust."

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Schiff calls Trump's conduct "a betrayal of his sacred oath of office."

12:20 p.m. GOP senators call Democrats' efforts so far a failure

Republican senators ABC News talked to this morning don't think their Democratic colleagues accomplished much during Tuesday's marathon session, although at least one acknowledged the fiery tone, which drew criticism from Chief Justice John Roberts, was not ideal.

"I thought the presentations had the unfortunate tone that impeachment is almost always going to have. Impeachment is not a pleasant process. It's largely a political process and political juices get flowing much hotter than they should in my view, and that was also the Chief Justice's thinking," says GOP Sen. Roy Blunt. He acknowledged the atmosphere in the Senate is generally much more cordial than in the House, and senators are used to working across the aisle with one another.

Overall though, he said he would categorize Tuesday's effort by the Democrats as a failure: "I think where House Democrats failed yesterday and maybe Senate Democrats failed, was trying to use the time in a way that would wear us out, or the chief justice, out, and deny the president's response, any response this week. Clearly, if they could have kicked this into today, and they would have started their three days tomorrow, the President wouldn't have had any chance to respond at all before the weekend was over and I think that was what they were trying to do. I think that's what we all thought they were trying to do," Blunt says.

Sen. Ron Johnson says, "I thought Chairman Nadler was, certainly didn’t help the case, accusing Republican senators of complicity in some kind of cover up. That's not helpful. I think the chief justice was very wise to try and bring them back into little, little more appropriate decorum."

Chief Justice Roberts scolded both House manager Jerry Nadler and the president's legal team - White House counsel Pat Cipillone and his personal lawyer Jay Sekulow for their tone and language as the debate stretched into the early hours of this morning.

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11:25 a.m. Schumer: 'A dark day and a dark night for the Senate'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says that the reason the Senate debate last until almost 2 a.m. this morning was that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't want to "interfere" with his promise to President Trump to get the impeachment trial over with as quickly as possible.

"It seems the only reason senator McConnell refused to move votes back a day is because it would interfere with the timeline he promised the president," Schumer says.

Appearing at a news conference with fellow Senate Democrats, Schumer tells reporters that McConnell refused to move votes to today and once again claimed Republicans " don't want a fair trial."

Noting the party-line votes in which Republicans repeatedly rejected Democratic amendments to call witnesses and subpoena documents now from the White House, State Department, Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget, Schumer calls Tuesday "a dark day and dark night for the Senate."

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) calls on reporters during a news conference at the Capitol, Jan. 22, 2020.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) calls on reporters during a news conference at the Capitol, Jan. 22, 2020.

When a reporter asks, "Are you willing to let Republicans bring in former Vice President Biden or his son Hunter Biden in order to get the witnesses you want?" Schumer responds, "Look, the bottom line is that the witnesses should have something to do with and direct knowledge of the charges against the president. You know, we don't need witnesses that have nothing to do with this that are trying to distract Americans from the truth."

Then, when asked, "Would you cut a deal of any kind with Republicans?" Schumer answers,"Well right now, right now we haven't heard them wanting any witnesses at all, so our first question is to continue to focus our efforts and focus the American people on the need for a fair trial which means witnesses and documents -- witnesses and documents that, again, reflect reflect the truth.

And the bottom line is this: We don't know what these witnesses and documents will reveal. They could be exculpatory of the president. They could be incriminating of the President. These are certainly not Democratic witnesses or Democratic documents. We want -- as both of my colleagues said -- the truth. And that's what we're going to focus on," he says.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells ABC's Devin Dwyer she’s “less and less encouraged” but “still holding out hope” there will be witnesses in the trial.

Asked about reports that some Democrats are considering a possible deal in which they would get former national security adviser John Bolton if Republicans got the Bidens, the Democratic presidential candidate answers, “I know negotiations are going on but all I care about are relevant witnesses.”

Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives during the Senate impeachment trial at the Capitol against President Donald Trump, Jan. 22, 2020.© Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives during the Senate impeachment trial at the Capitol against President Donald Trump, Jan. 22, 2020.

11 a.m. Senate set to hear opening arguments, Trump calls trial 'a disgrace'

In about two hours, the Senate will begin to hear arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial, following a marathon opening day of acrimonious debate over the rules for the trial.

Adam Schiff wearing a suit and tie: House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff speaks during impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington, D.C.© ABC News House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff speaks during impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was forced to revise his resolution outlining the Senate proceedings after several Republican senators privately voiced concerns about elements of the proposal.

The resolution, adjusted to allow House managers and President Trump’s lawyers to make arguments over three days instead of two, and change the rules for the admission of evidence, was adopted early Wednesday morning in a 53-47 vote along party lines.

Neither side filed motions ahead of proceedings Wednesday morning, clearing the way for House managers to begin their arguments after 1 p.m.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump gives a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2020.© Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump gives a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2020.

Traveling overseas, President Trump said he would be watching today's session and said his lawyers were doing a good job. He called the trial a "disgrace."

Under the rules of the trial, the president's lawyers and Senate allies could introduce a motion to dismiss the charges against Trump later in the Senate proceedings - though top GOP senators have suggested they lack the 51 votes needed to end the trial.

The Senate spent Tuesday in silence, listening to the House managers and Trump’s defense team argue over eleven amendments introduced by Democrats to alter the resolution and issue subpoenas for witnesses and records.

Susan Collins standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lindsey Graham are directed to a different entrance to the Senate Chamber before the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington, D.C.© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lindsey Graham are directed to a different entrance to the Senate Chamber before the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Each measure was defeated in succession along party lines, though Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a moderate who urged McConnell to alter the underlying resolution, broke with Republicans to support one resolution giving more time for managers and the president’s lawyers to respond to motions.

Near the end of proceedings Tuesday morning, Chief Justice John Roberts, who spent most of the first day of the trial in silence, scolded both sides following a sharp exchange between Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, the lawyers leading Trump’s defense team.

John Roberts sitting on a table: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2020.© ABC News Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2020.

“I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and president’s counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body,” he said.

Nadler had urged the Senate to call former national security adviser John Bolton to testify, and called Cipollone a liar in a later exchange. The top White House lawyer told Nadler to apologize to the president his family, and the Senate.

ABC News' Trish Turner and Katherine Faulders contributed reporting.

GOP senator gives Democrats 'credit' for impeachment case and says trial should be 'instructive' to future Trump behavior .
Sen. Mike Braun complimented Democrats on making their case so far in President Trump's impeachment trial and argued that the process "ought to be instructive" to the president's future behavior.Joining NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, the Indiana Republican gave his thoughts on the Senate impeachment trial, which began with 24 hours of opening arguments from the House impeachment managers followed by two hours of defense from Trump's legal team.

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