"I'm not going to legitimize a House impeachment process that calls the secretary of state, the chief of staff and the national security advisor of any president and deny them their day in our court to protect those essential national security advisors, come to the Senate and destroy executive privilege because it could never be used in the House", he explained. "That's what Republican senators tell me quietly".
House Democrats have sought to call additional witnesses during the Senate trial, while Republicans have argued against it, with the stipulation that if the Democrats are allowed to introduce additional testimony, then Republicans should also be able to do so.
Trump's defence lawyers, meanwhile, dismissed the impeachment trial as unconstitutional and called the charges a "dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president".
A politically motivated impeachment, he added, was the "greatest nightmare" of the country's founders.
"The House managers have absolutely no idea what the structure of the trial two days before the trial begins", one source with House Democrats working on the impeachment trial told Fox News.
"That's an argument you have to make if the facts are so dead set against you", he said on ABC.
Another House impeachment manager, Jerrold Nadler, called Dershowitz's argument "arrant nonsense". "And not side, in blind obeisance, to President Trump and his desire to suppress the truth".
For Republicans to argue that such behavior is not impeachable, Schiff said, "would have appalled the founders, who were anxious about exactly that kind of solicitation of foreign interference in an election for personal benefit".
"If the impeachment managers want to rest their case on the credibility of someone who is under indictment in the Southern District of NY with extensive ties to Russian oligarchs and organized crime ... then that's their choice", Cornyn said.
Elon Musk's SpaceX destroys rocket in escape test
Crew member's excitement comes one day after SpaceX was forced to cancel the launch abort test due to strong winds and rough seas. Assuming there's nothing about the data obtained during the test that suggests caution, a crewed flight will be the next step.
Monster Hunter World Iceborne Roadmap Update Revealed
Upcoming Iceborne updates include title updates that add new monsters to the PC version and new in-game events. May will bring yet another major title update that will see the return of some fan favorite monsters.
Adam Schiff claims Trump's lawyer Alan Dershowitz's argument against impeachment is 'absurdist'
On Saturday, House Democrats released their argument for why Trump should be removed from office by the Senate. Trump's legal team will be led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's private attorney, Jay Sekulow.
The House, now controlled by the Democrats, impeached the president last month.
Trump and Democratic lawmakers offered duelling arguments about the politically polarizing impeachment case involving Trump's attempt to persuade Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden past year. Trump also released to the public a transcript of the call.
Republicans say the House erred by not taking the time during its hearings to secure the testimony of key witnesses like Bolton before sending articles of impeachment to the Senate.
Schiff said that would have meant "endless months or even years of litigation".
The White House is slated to file its more complete trial brief today at noon, which will expand on the arguments in Saturday's filing.
It is expected to claim that the president did nothing wrong and had not been treated fairly.
The president says the younger Biden and his father, who is vying for the Democratic nomination in this year's presidential race, should both be investigated for alleged corruption.
No senators were more eager to avoid a circus, and get going with the proceedings, than the presidential candidates facing the prospect of being marooned in the Senate ahead of kickoff nominating votes in Iowa and New Hampshire.