Trump impeachment trial day 12: All the latest updates

Henrietta Brewer
February 4, 2020

Even with acquittal seemingly assured, Democrats prosecuting President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial made a forceful appeal for conviction on Monday, calling him a man with no moral compass who must be removed to protect American democracy. "You can't trust this President to do the right thing".

Trump repeatedly emphasizes in remarks to reporters and at political rallies the record-high levels for major USA stock market indexes, for which he credits his administration's economic policies. Yet, Manchin said that while Trump's call with Ukrainian President Zelensky "was not a ideal call" as Trump has alleged, the senator doesn't see a path to the 67 votes to convict him. "He has compromised our elections and he will do so again". "He will not change, and you know it".

"It's the one time when the president can tell his story, and a lot of people are listening", said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and close Trump confidant.

During his final State of the Union address on January 30, 1974, President Richard Nixon declared that "one year of Watergate is enough" and asked Congress to quickly conclude its investigations into the scandal so that the government could return to the people's business without further distraction.

Murkowski suggested that ultimately voters will decide Trump's fate.

West Virginia's Joe Manchin, a Democratic senator in a heavily Republican state, said he was "struggling" with how to vote on impeachment but he believed there would be bipartisan support for a censure motion of the president if one was offered.

Murkowski, who has a reputation as a relatively independent-minded moderate Republican, had been closely watched as a potential swing vote during the impeachment trial.

Then the impeachment court adjourned until 4 p.m. Wednesday for the final vote on the House's two articles of impeachment - alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Mr Trump has called the impeachment effort an attempted coup by Democrats.

"This was the first totally partisan presidential impeachment in our nation's history. They have cheapened the awesome power of impeachment".

White House lawyers flatly rejected the arguments that Trump - just the third president in USA history to be impeached by the House of Representatives - should be removed from office by the Senate for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

"The response to the president's behavior is not to disenfranchise almost 63 million Americans and remove him from the ballot", she said.

The charges of abuse of power arise from Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the dealing of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in that country.

"The answer is elections, not impeachment", Sekulow said. That, coupled with the White House's categorical denial to participate in the investigation, required that new evidence be introduced, they said. These types of impeachment must end. "I'm very concerned about any action that we could take that would establish a perpetual impeachment", the Tennessee Republican who's retiring this year said Sunday on NBC.

In speeches that quoted Alexander Hamilton, Martin Luther King Jr. and characters from Harry Potter, Democrats argued they had laid out a compelling case against Mr. Trump, while the President's lawyers contended that the most appropriate venue to debate Mr. Trump's conduct was at the ballot box.

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