Democratic House prosecutors made an expansive case at Donald Trump's impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a "completely bogus" Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said House managers on Friday would focus on the charge that Trump unlawfully obstructed Congress by keeping key administration officials from testifying and by refusing requests for documents.
But Schumer said Schiff has been outlining a compelling case that many Republicans are hearing it for only the first time.
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In doing so, Trump abused the power of his office, Democrats say.
On the second day of their arguments for Trump's removal from office, Democratic House of Representatives members acting as prosecutors argued that Biden was carrying out official U.S. policy when he pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Victor Shokin, because of corruption concerns.
However, Trump's defense team contends the alleged offenses are "legitimate presidential actions", and that using impeachment as a political tool is a danger to the USA system of government, Jipping said.
The questions remaining at this point are twofold-one legal and one factual.
FILE - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Donald Trump face reporters during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sept. 25, 2019.
They argued the only explanation for Trump's decision to hold up nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine was to pressure the new government to announce an investigation of Biden and his son, who had served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, to bolster his re-election campaign. "Because they knew it was wrong", Schiff said.
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Biden and his son Hunter were frequent topics of the House managers on Thursday, even as the Democrats dismissed Republican suggestions that if witnesses are to be called, the Bidens should be among them.
Indeed, as the former special counsel's findings made clear, the former White House counsel very almost resigned because the president directed him to "do insane s**t", including an incident in which, according to McGahn, Trump pressed the lawyer to push the Justice Department to derail the investigation by getting rid of Mueller and creating a false document to cover that up.
On the opening day of Donald Trump's impeachment trial this week, Jay Sekulow, one of the president's controversial personal attorneys, insisted that it should be up to the courts to mediate disputes between the executive and legislative branches.
"We fully recognize that impeachment does not exist for a mistake".
"A Trump confidant tells CBS News senators have been warned - vote against the president and your head will be on a pike", Cordes said.
"This clearly did not go unnoticed", she said. "Pretty risky for our republic, in my view".
And they detailed the extensive role of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in the scheme to pressure Zelensky, even while USA intelligence and diplomatic chiefs disagreed with it. "There is not a doubt".
Democrats contend senators should convict Trump on two charges brought by the Democratic-led House - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democrats would need to persuade 20 Republicans to vote for conviction, and no Republican has, so far, called for his removal from office.
Republicans will begin their opening arguments on Saturday. Schiff rhetorically asked the chamber. Not only is he the commander-in-chief of the USA armed forces and the head of the federal criminal justice and national security apparatuses, but the president is the boss of millions of federal employees who do everything from auditing tax returns to legalizing prescription drugs. Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 because of a post-Civil War dispute over states that seceded from the union. Graham, who served as one of the impeachment managers during the impeachment trial against President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.