Protester interrupts Senate impeachment trial, yelling 'Schumer is the devil'

Carla Harmon
January 24, 2020

In six days of presentations, the president's defence team and Democratic legislators from the House of Representatives will attempt to convince senators to join their side to either acquit or convict Trump. The opening days have been dominated by arguments over Democratic requests for more witnesses and records.

Democratic House managers on Wednesday began arguing their case first, detailing in eight hours of proceedings the timeline of Trump's politically motivated pressure campaign on Ukraine. ".As I was trying to get him off of me - I was punching him, I was kicking him - and he took my hands and put them over my head".

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's lawyers, said after Wednesday's session that the fact that the impeachment proceedings are even taking place is "ridiculous".

Schiff said he was speaking with two juries in mind: The senators who will vote on the articles of impeachment and the American public, which will decide in November on whether to return Trump to office.

Several prominent Republican senators-including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham-have characterized the impeachment push as partisan electioneering, created to smear the president ahead of the November election. Listen, it's not a great comfort to sit there for endless hours, but at the end of the day I want to hear all of the testimony, and I can't do that if I'm not in the chamber....

Then there will be 16 hours for senators, who must sit quietly at their desks, no speeches or cellphones, to ask written question, and another four hours for deliberations.

Congresswoman Val Demings said Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was no "rogue agent" when he went to Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens.

With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to allow even C-SPAN to film the Chamber activity, elected officials are more or less on the honor system to obey the rules and stay in their seats.

Dershowitz, who was pressed about the seeming contradiction by CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, said he was right about Clinton at the time, but having done additional research, "I'm much more correct right now".

Senators were likely to repeat that rejection next week, shutting out any chance of new testimony.

Schumer said one report, which cited anonymous sources and claimed that some Democrats are mulling a compromise that would see some witnesses Democrats want testify along with former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, was "false". "And Senate Republicans will have the power to bring that evidence into the trial", Schumer told reporters.

Last night, Missouri's Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa spoke sarcastically about how excited she was to hear the "overwhelming evidence" the House Democrats promised against Trump.

"There are no firsthand witnesses", said Meadows.

Schumer bemoaned the limits on witnesses, saying Wednesday the impeachment trial "begins with a cloud hanging over it, a cloud of unfairness". Yet Trump's legal team passed on an opportunity to file a motion to dismiss the case on Wednesday, an acknowledgement that there were not enough Republican votes to support it.

Republicans remained eager for a swift trial. "And (Thursday) we will apply the facts to the law as it pertains to the president's abuse of power".

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