Published: Mon, February 03, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump impeachment trial to resume for final arguments

Trump impeachment trial to resume for final arguments

Additionally, the defence team has argued that even if Trump held up the aid for an investigation of a political rival, it would not amount to a valid reason for impeachment or for removal from office.

Hours after the Senate voted against seeking new evidence in the impeachment case against President Donald Trump, the administration acknowledged in a midnight court filing Friday the existence of two dozen emails that reveal the president's thinking about withholding military aid to Ukraine. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, voted with Democrats for witnesses but against admitting new documents.

Although neither has publicly stated how they will vote next week, a super majority of 67 would be required to remove Trump from office - a figure that appears all but impossible in a hyper-partisan era.

The Senate will have a final vote on whether to convict or acquit the president on Wednesday evening.

But they failed to muster the four Republican votes needed to allow testimony from key witnesses from Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and others.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee conceded that Trump's decision to delay nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in an attempt to force the country to investigate the Bidens was "wrong" but doesn't warrant removal from office.

"I think he shouldn't have done it", Alexander said.

US presidents who have been impeached or threatened with impeachment by the House of Representatives
US presidents who have been impeached or threatened with impeachment by the House of Representatives

Watching the Trump impeachment proceedings has reminded me just how important one of our constitutional principles, innocent until proven guilty, really is.

"He called the President of Ukraine and asked him to become involved in investigating Joe Biden", Alexander said in the interview, referring to Trump. "We proved our case".

The impeachment was triggered by Trump's alleged quid-pro-quo with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"It struck me really for the first time", he said. After the floor session, Cruz told Fox News that "for all intents and purposes, this impeachment process is over". "I think that he could have done it in different channels", she told CNN. "It's probably something that I wouldn't have done".

His assertion came as Washington awaited the results of today's all-important Iowa caucuses that will indicate which of the 11 Democratic candidates are gaining early momentum to challenge Mr Trump in November's presidential election.

Trump is scheduled to deliver his state of the union address on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, giving the president a potential primetime platform to dominate the headlines again.

Democrats are already looking to turn the Senate trial to their favour, branding the hearings a coverup and mobilizing grassroots organisations to punish some Republican senators who face re-election this year.

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