Legal filings to the Senate have laid out the arguments that will be made in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, where he faces two distinct allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. "The eyes of America are watching".
Schiff, who is leading the House impeachment managers team prosecuting the case against Trump, nevertheless urged Republican senators to force McConnell to change his proposal.
The Democrats say the prospect of middle-of-the-night proceedings, without allowing new witnesses or even the voluminous House records of the trial, will leave the public without crucial information about Trump's political pressure campaign on Ukraine and the White House's obstruction of the House impeachment probe.
"Is this about hiding the evidence from the American people?", Schiff said, adding, "This is not the fair trial the American people want, it's not the fair trial the American people deserve".
Schumer reiterated the criticism against those 12-hour days: "If the president is so confident in his case, why doesn't he present it when the sun is shining?"
House Democrats impeached Trump last month on two charges: abuse of power by holding back congressionally-mandated military aid to Ukraine after Trump asked Ukraine's President Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden for corruption, and refusing to cooperate with the Democrat-led investigation.
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Since the testimony bears directly on the two pending impeachment articles, Democrats will argue that it is part of the case they care about presenting.
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Instead the lawyers for the president, led by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and a TV-famous legal team including Alan Dershowitz, say the two charges against the president don't amount to impeachable offenses and Trump committed no crime.
On Sunday Trump's legal team issued a 110-page defense which claimed the House has accused him of no specific "crime", that their investigation was a "rigged process", and that Trump was within his rights to push Ukraine to investigate Biden. No president has ever been removed through impeachment, a mechanism the nation's founders - anxious about a monarch on American soil - devised to oust a president for "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors".
Trump is accused of withholding almost $400 million in military aid for Ukraine's war against Russian-backed separatists, and refusing Zelensky a White House meeting, unless he opened a probe of Biden.
A pivotal event in the impeachment case is Trump's July 25 call to Zelensky asking Ukraine's president to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, as well as a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, meddled in the 2016 election.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the impeachment inquiry into Trump in September.
The first full day of the Trump impeachment trial will be dominated by a partisan fighting over the rules of the proceedings. Any witnesses who are subpoenaed would first be deposed, and then the Senate would decide after the deposition which, if any, of those witnesses would testify at the trial, "pursuant to impeachment rules".
Four TV monitors were set up inside the Senate chamber to show testimony, exhibits and potentially tweets or other social media, according to a person familiar with the matter but unauthorized to discuss it on the record. With a two-thirds majority needed in the 100-member Senate to remove Trump from office, he is nearly certain to be acquitted by fellow Republicans in the chamber.
"They do not remotely approach the constitutional threshold for removing a President from office". "Even if it did, the White House team argues it would be an "'unconstitutional conviction" because the articles of impeachment were too broad.