Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Crimes? Impeachment prosecutors, defense lay out removal arguments

Crimes? Impeachment prosecutors, defense lay out removal arguments

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Pence, 60, called on Senate Democrats to break ranks and oppose the articles of impeachment brought against President Donald Trump.

The White House blocked the impeachment investigation in the House of Representatives from accessing the witnesses and documents, and shows no sign of giving in now. Members of Trump's team countered that if they win a vindication for Trump, it means "there will be an acquittal forever as well", Trump attorney Robert Ray said Sunday. But there was scant evidence that anyone's mind was really open about whether Trump's pressure on Ukraine to help him politically amounted to impeachable conduct or removal from office.

"The vote was to impeach on abuse of power ― which is not within the Constitutional criteria for impeachment", Dershowitz said.

The Senate will then spend a few days of "housekeeping" to set the rules and procedures for the trial before issuing a summons for Trump to enter a plea and appear at the trial.

With partisanship being such an influential factor in recent politics, Sen.

The six-page White House filing was a work of blanket denial, stating: "President Trump categorically and unequivocally denies each and every allegation in both articles of impeachment".

Trump is accused of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democrat political rivals in the USA on his behalf and withholding Congress-approved aid to Ukraine pending an announcement of the sought probe.

Hawley likewise claimed he stresses that if Trump does not have the alternative to step to dismiss or relocate to judgment after that Adam Schiff would certainly have excessive control over the trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., shed no light on how the proceedings will follow - and differ from - the precedent of President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999.

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"The logic of that absurdist position that's being now adopted by the President is, he could give away the state of Alaska".

Cruz also said if witnesses are allowed, rules of reciprocity should apply. Ray was on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures". He added that the evidence against Trump was "overwhelming". Schiff rejected the suggestion Trump's conduct is unimpeachable. Democrats dropped their efforts to compel some testimony out of a fear that it would result in a lengthy legal battle that could have been tied up in US courts for months. "He could withhold execution of sanctions on Russian Federation for interfering in the last election to induce or coerce Russian Federation to interfere in the next one", Schiff, one of the impeachment managers who will make the case against Trump, said on "This Week".

If that argument prevails, it essentially becomes "an argument against witnesses", said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, which would render moot the question of whether Democrats, Republicans or both should be able to introduce additional testimony during the Senate trial.

Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, for example, said he would be "very, very surprised" if McConnell's resolution didn't include that kind of kill switch.

What he's saying: "It will be up to four Republicans to side with the Constitution, to side with our Democracy, to side with rule of law", Schumer told a news conference.

"If we call one witness, we're going to call all the witnesses", said Graham.

McConnell and other Republicans have warned Democrats that if witnesses are permitted in the trail, the GOP would call individuals like former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

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