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Politics Trump's legal team to begin defense arguments at U.S. Senate impeachment trial

15:15  25 january  2020
15:15  25 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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By David Morgan and Eric Beech. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for U . S . President Donald Trump will begin his defence at the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, offering a rebuttal to Democratic charges that he abused his power and previewing more detailed arguments planned for

As Trump rages against the ongoing Senate impeachment trial , the president’ s legal team is planning to mount an aggressive defense , arguing he did not commit an impeachable Trump ’ s legal team is scheduled to begin opening arguments Saturday, after House Democrats have presented their case.

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WASHINGTON — Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump will begin his defense at the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, offering a rebuttal to Democratic charges that he abused his power and previewing more detailed arguments planned for next week.

In a shortened session, Trump's lawyers will begin three days of arguments to counter Democratic assertions that he should be removed from office for pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, and then trying to cover it up by impeding a congressional investigation. Trump has denied wrongdoing.

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The White House unveiled its detailed legal defense as the Republican-controlled U . S . Senate gears up to begin President Donald Trump ' s impeachment trial on Tuesday. Trump , who is only the fourth of 45 American presidents to face the possibility of being ousted by impeachment , submitted his most.

President Trump complained Friday that his lawyers would begin his defense on Saturday, a day the In the meantime, the Senate trial has tested the patience of senators , who have sat restlessly in Mr. Trump ’ s legal defense team is scheduled to begin their presentation on Saturday, angering

Given that the defense presentation will open on a Saturday, what the Republican president in a tweet called "Death Valley on TV," the bulk of the arguments will be saved for early next week, Trump's lawyers said.

The U.S. television audience for Democrats' arguments declined on Thursday to roughly 7.8 million viewers during live daytime coverage, according to data from the Nielsen ratings agency — a 29% drop from Tuesday afternoon.

The Trump legal team said it would bring up Biden's efforts to get Ukraine's former top prosecutor dismissed on corruption concerns. Trump, without providing evidence, has charged that Biden acted to head off an investigation into a Ukrainian energy company on whose board his son Hunter Biden served.

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Jay Sekulow wearing a suit and tie: President Trump's personal attorney Sekulow speaks to reporters during a break in the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.© Reuters/Erin Scott President Trump's personal attorney Sekulow speaks to reporters during a break in the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. "Why they opened up the door as wide as a double door on the Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, Burisma issue. I guess they figured that was their way of getting ahead of it. We will address it," Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's defense attorneys, told reporters.

The Senate session will convene at 10 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) and run for several hours, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The Trump legal team will have up to 24 hours over three days to make its case.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump said his defense team should "just tell the truth" and accused Democrats of "telling so many lies, so many fabrications, so much exaggeration. And this is not impeachable."

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Watch Live: President Trump ' s Legal Team Begins Impeachment Defense The president' s lawyers are expected to speak for about three hours on Saturday and focus on events Jay Sekulow, personal attorney for President Trump , speaks during a news conference in the Senate subway on Friday.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives impeached Trump last month on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, setting the stage for the trial in the Republican-led Senate on whether to remove him from office before he seeks re-election in November.

It is the third Senate presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump heads to Air Force One to depart for Florida at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.© Reuters/LEAH MILLIS President Donald Trump heads to Air Force One to depart for Florida at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The president is expected to be acquitted in the Senate, where a two-thirds vote is required to convict and remove a president from office. No Republican senator has voiced any support for his ouster.

In wrapping up the opening arguments, Representative Adam Schiff urged Republican senators to show "real political courage" and support a Democratic motion later in the trial for more witnesses.

He warned that Trump would abuse his power again unless he is removed from office.

"If it meets the standard of impeachable conduct, as we have proved, it doesn't matter whether you like him. It doesn't matter whether you dislike him," said Schiff, who made the final presentation in the House prosecutors' case.

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Then Trump ’ s legal team will have the same amount to time to argue their defense . After opening arguments are complete, senators can ask each side The House impeachment managers argue that Trump used his official powers to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the U . S . presidential election

The White House unveiled its detailed legal defense as the Republican-controlled U . S . Senate gears up to begin President Donald Trump ' s impeachment trial on Tuesday. Trump , who is only the fourth of 45 American presidents to face the possibility of being ousted by impeachment , submitted his most.

"What matters is whether he is a danger to the country, because he will do it again. And none of us can have confidence, based on his record, that he will not do it again, because he is telling us every day that he will," Schiff said.

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(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Susan Cornwell, David Morgan, Doina Chiacu, Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert, Makini Brice, Nandita Bose and Eric Beech in Washington and Karen Freifeld in New York; writing by John Whitesides; editing by Andy Sullivan and Grant McCool)

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