CBS' Margaret Brennan asked the House Judiciary Committee chairman on Face The Nation about the ongoing fights about whether witnesses will be called in Trump's senate impeachment trial.
"This whole controversy about whether there should be witnesses is really a question of does the Senate want to have a fair trial or are they part of the coverup of the president?"
"President Trump abused the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in our elections for his own personal political gain, thereby jeopardizing our national security, the integrity of our elections and our democracy", they said.
The document filed by the Democratic House impeachment managers explained why the House passed the two articles of impeachment, and listed evidence supporting the charges.
"The articles of impeachment submitted by House Democrats are a unsafe attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president", Trump's team said.
Democrats said they have built an unassailable case that Trump improperly sought to trade congressionally mandated security aid to vulnerable USA ally Ukraine in exchange for political favors, in what they allege was an abuse of power.
It is expected to file a more-detailed legal brief on January 20, and House managers will have the opportunity to respond the following day before the formal trial begins.
Unless four Republican senators break ranks, at the end of the arguments McConnell can defeat any motion to subpoena witnesses, and then can easily hold a vote to acquit Trump - meeting the White House timeframe.
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The trial in the Republican-led Senate is unlikely to lead to Mr Trump's ouster, as no Republican senators have voiced support for doing so and a two-thirds majority vote is required to convict.
Trump's legal team will be led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's private attorney, Jay Sekulow.
Trump also is charged with obstructing Congress, an accusation leveled after the White House blocked House requests for key witnesses and documents.
Over the past week, Trump's defense team, which includes lawyer Alan Dershowitz, amplified its assertions that Trump's demands for Ukraine to investigate his political rivals did not warrant impeachment.
President Donald Trump speaks to Sen. He points out that Ukraine's leader himself denied that he had been pushed by him to reopen investigation into the son of the Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden in return for military assistance, arguing that the House's case rests "entirely on assumptions, presumptions, and speculation from witnesses with no first-hand knowledge." . "That view is erroneous and exceptionally unsafe". "They fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever, let alone high crimes and misdemeanors", the document said. On Saturday, House Democrats released their argument for why Trump should be removed from office by the Senate. Both included Trump associates in contact with a foreign power regarding a US election, as well the president's refusal to engage with investigators probing those interactions. His report highlighted several episodes that could amount to obstruction of justice, but it left it up to Congress to weigh the severity of those offenses.
The case that House prosecutors sent to the Senate references new evidence that wasn't part of the impeachment inquiry, including material from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Waters told MSNBC on Sunday: "They can call whomever they want to call". All of them will be back in Washington on Sunday, and they'll do a walk-through of the Senate chamber Monday on the eve of the trial, the officials said.