Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Sunday evening to "force votes on witnesses and documents" in the impeachment trial against President Trump that starts this week. The House voted to approve the charges of abuse of power against U.S. president Donald Trump by 230 votes to 197 against.
Criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz, one of the team of lawyers defending Trump, told CNN's "State of the Union" show that he will tell the 100 members of the Senate, who are acting as jurors deciding Trump's fate, that "even if the facts as presented are true, it would not rise to the level of impeachment" to convict Trump and oust him from office. US service members have been rotating to Ukraine to train local forces to defend against Russian-backed separatists occupying the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
Democrats say Trump abused his power by withholding us military assistance to Ukraine as part of a pressure campaign and obstructed Congress by refusing to hand over documents and barring administration officials from testifying, even when subpoenaed by House investigators.
It is expected to claim that the president did nothing wrong and had not been treated fairly.
In his op-ed, Pence quoted former president Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, in which Kennedy praised Republican Senator Edmund Ross for breaking ranks and voting to acquit President Andrew Johnson when he was impeached in 1868.
The White House brief argues that the articles of impeachment passed by the House are "structurally deficient" because they charge multiple acts, creating "a menu of options" as possible grounds for conviction. "If the prosecution gets to call John Bolton, the prosecution gets to call Hunter Biden".
"Well, I don't know that has been actually proven", Shelby said.
Signed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and by Jay Sekulow, a personal lawyer to Trump, it also charged the Democrats with "a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election, now just months away". For Trump to be convicted, two-thirds of the Senate (i.e. 67 members) must vote to convict him. Senior administration officials said Monday's document will offer a more detailed and aggressive defense in arguing that Trump is innocent of the charges and should not be removed from office, as Democrats are demanding.
The Democratic briefing highlighted evidence of the scheme that has emerged since Trump was impeached in the House in December.
Then, following a period in which senators are allowed to ask questions of both sides, the Senate will hold a vote on whether to call more witnesses. However, the Morning Joe host was particularly interested in the fact that Trump hired Dershowitz and Starr despite the lingering controversy both lawyers have from working for Jeffrey Epstein.
"I'd rather be here", Sanders said on New Hampshire Public Radio while campaigning Sunday in Concord.
Dershowitz, who said he would not be voting for Trump in the United States' next election in November, is no stranger to representing controversial characters, his previous clients having included OJ Simpson and Jeffrey Epstein.
"President Trump's continuing presence in office undermines the integrity of our democratic processes and endangers our national security", the managers wrote.