Published: Wed, January 29, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Schumer says abuse of power is 'very serious,' disputing Trump team's claim

Schumer says abuse of power is 'very serious,' disputing Trump team's claim

After Trump's legal defense team delivered their final arguments this afternoon, McConnell reportedly said in a private meeting that he couldn't block witnesses, GOP sources familiar with the conversation said AP and Fox Business. In the manuscript, he says Trump told him directly that the administration would withhold crucial military aid to embattled Ukraine in an attempt to coerce the Ukrainian government into announcing a bogus investigation of Trump's chief political rival, former-Vice President Joe Biden, as well as into a false accusation promoted by the Russians that the Ukrainians meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

"If a president can, at will as President Trump would want to, get foreign powers to interfere in our elections and Americans no longer believe it's the American people exclusively who decide who wins American elections, our democracy is eroded in a very dramatic way", he said.

Trump refused to participate in the House impeachment investigation.

Instead they argued that the impeachment case was rooted in "policy differences" and that the charges against him, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, are too weak and thinly-sourced to justify his removal from office.

The next phase of the trial involves questions from the 100 senators, who act as jurors, to the lawyers representing Trump and the seven House Democratic managers who have served as prosecutors.

The judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Roberts, who presides over the trial, will read the questions aloud.

On Tuesday, as he was resting his case, Cipollone carried out video clips from Residence Democrats by way of the presidential impeachment of Bill Clinton - along with plenty of who for the time being are managers of the Trump impeachment trial - in an try to depict them as hypocritical for sounding the alarm then regarding the partisan dangers of impeachment. Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins have indicated they will likely support the call for witness testimony.

The GOP leader faced a handful of potential defections and put off a vote on potential witnesses until later in the week. The respondents largely responded to party politics: 95 percent of the self-identified Democrats, 49 percent of the Republicans and 75 percent of the independents said that witnesses should be called.

While scoffing at Bolton's manuscript, Trump and the Republicans have strongly resisted summoning Bolton to testify in individual about what he noticed and heard as Trump's best nationwide safety adviser.

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Senate Republicans spent two days behind closed doorways discussing ideas to satisfy those who want to listen to additional testimony with out prolonging the proceedings -or jeopardizing the president's anticipated acquittal.

Ideas seem to be losing strength as quickly as they arise.

On Monday, Republican Senator James Lankford proposed that lawmakers receive a copy of the manuscript of Mr Bolton's book "to see what they're actually saying".

It's up to the Senate whether Bolton becomes part of the trial.

"We're not bargaining with them. We want four witnesses and four sets of documents, so the truth will come to light", Schumer said.

John Kelly, Trump's former White Residence chief of employees, instructed an viewers in Sarasota, Florida, that he believes Bolton. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Lamar Alexander previously expressed interest but have not committed to voting with Democrats.

Some Republicans, including Senator Pat Toomey, want reciprocity: bring Bolton or another Democratic witness in exchange for one on the side of the Republican Party. Some Republicans want to hear from the Bidens.

The majority leader, Mitch McConnell, gathered Republican senators again Tuesday night to consider the next steps.

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