Impeachment: Democrats undoing 2016 election, say Trump lawyers


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Trump’s lawyers have begun defending him at his impeachment trial accusing
Democrats of seeking to overturn the result of the 2016 election the
president did absolutely nothing wrong White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said
mr. Trump’s defense will last three days and follows the Democrats prosecution
case which ended on Friday the president faces two charges linked to his dealings
with Ukraine the charges for articles of impeachment accuse him of abuse of power
and obstruction of Congress he is alleged to have withheld military aid to
pressure the Ukrainian president Volodymyr zalenski into starting a
corruption investigation into mr. Trump’s political rival Democrat Joe
Biden and his son Hunter Democrats also accuse mr. Trump of making a visit by
mr. szalinski to the White House contingent on an investigation mr. Trump
is charged with obstructing Congress by failing to cooperate with the House of
Representatives impeachment inquiry the president dismisses the accusations as a
witch-hunt what else did the defense say the trial in the Senate will decide if
mr. Trump should be removed from office this is unlikely as the Republicans
control the Senate and any such move would need a two-thirds majority echoing
a line heard from many Republicans mr. Cipollone said Democrats were asking you
not only to overturn the results of the last election they’re asking you to
remove President Trump from the ballot in the election that’s occurring in
approximately nine months they are asking you to do something very very
consequential and I would submit to you very very dangerous he said much of the
abuse of power charge centers on a phone call in July between mr. Trump and mr.
szalinski Trump defense lawyer Mike purpura insisted there was no quid pro
quo as asserted by the Democrats Zelenka C felt no pressure President
zalenski says he felt no pressure the house managers tell you they know better
he said what have the Democrats been saying atom shift the Democrat chair of
the House Intelligence Committee wrapped up the prosecution on Friday warning
that mr. Trump would commit abuse of power again if allowed to remain in
office in a sometimes emotional address he said you can’t trust this president
to do what’s right for this country if you find him guilty you must find that
he should be removed where does the trial go from here
Saturday’s session was unexpectedly short two hours the second day of
defense arguments resumes on Monday at 1,300 local time 1800 Greenwich Mean
Time allowing for a short weekend break next week will also see senators return
to the thorny issue of allowing new witnesses to be called in fresh evidence
submitted the Republicans oppose hearing more testimony as they push for a quick
trial but the leader of the Democrats in the Senate Chuck Schumer told reporters
after Saturday’s hearing that mr. Trump’s defense team had inadvertently
made a really compelling case for why the Senate should call witnesses and
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