Published: Tue, January 21, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump lawyer's impeachment defense at odds with past statements

Trump lawyer's impeachment defense at odds with past statements

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday released a resolution setting time limits on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and is specifically seeking to limit the number of session days for opening arguments that would begin on Wednesday.

"The president did nothing wrong", Trump's lawyers responded in a 110-page brief submitted to the Senate on Monday.

While some social media users roasted Trump over the whole 9/11 angle being brought into the equation, others opted to slam the president's opponents over the impeachment proceedings instead.

Trump has said he wants to call the Bidens as witnesses at his trial, along with the still-unidentified whistleblower who first disclosed that Trump in a July phone call asked Zelenskiy to launch the Biden investigations. It also pushes off any votes on witnesses until later in the process, rather than up front, as Democrats had demanded.

After each side makes their arguments, the legal teams for and against convicting Trump will be questioned for up to 16 hours each.

Senators are poised for only the third presidential impeachment trial in US history, coming just weeks before the first primaries of the 2020 election, with four senators running for the Democratic nomination sidelined from campaigning.

The White House is offering a fiery legal response to the articles of impeachment, in an executive summary of a legal brief obtained by NPR.

Trump will likely be acquitted in the Republican-controlled chamber. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, provided some of the most damaging testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

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The money was released without any investigations being undertaken - and, they say, Zelenskiy didn't even know it had been suspended until shortly before it was released, even though US officials testified to House investigators that Ukraine had inquired about the delay.

Trump also asked Zelenskiy to look into a debunked theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Kupperman also sought guidance from a judge about whether he had to comply with a congressional subpoena or with a White House directive that he not testify. "Not supposed to be that way!" At that point, Schumer will either succeed in splitting the GOP and getting potentially damaging testimony and documents or a ready-made campaign issue about Republicans doing Trump's bidding. He was impeached on two counts, "Abuse of Power" and "Obstruction of Congress", in a vote that passed along partisan lines.

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"The president gets less due process than the terrorists on 9/11 get. So, what else is new?"

The president's team said the impeachment articles are defective as a matter of law.

Trump eventually released the Ukraine military aid in September after a 55-day delay without Zelenskiy launching the Biden investigations.

Dershowitz, speaking on "This Week" and making the same argument in other interviews, has cited former Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Curtis, who served as President Andrew Johnson's defense counsel in the first Senate impeachment trial in 1868, and argued on the Senate floor that the framers of the Constitution believed a president could only be impeached for criminal conduct.

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