In a similar but separate investigation, the House of Representatives are hoping to determine whether or not the president and his family have benefited financially from Trump being in the Oval Office.
The White House is pushing an "absurdist position", said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the lead Democratic prosecutor of the impeachment case.
That's the summation of the Democrat impeachment charade according to a letter to the U.S. Senate from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Donald Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow. Lawyers for Democrats and Republicans on the committee presented the case for and against the impeachment articles and members questioned witnesses, among them an academic called forward by Republicans.
The document was an appeal directly to the senators. That is the foundational issue on which everything else rests. The American people deserve a fair trial.
The length of this forthcoming trial will depend on how many witnesses (if any) are called to testify. "It involves evidence. It involves documents".
One of Trump's staunchest Senate defenders, Sen.
Trump was impeached by the House in December on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It's not likely this would happen this year, as it's unknown how long it will take for the Supreme Court to release its opinion - and seeking impeachment again so close to November would be extremely risky for Democrats.
The document then complains that the House has not accused Trump of statutory crimes, before adding, "House Democrats" "abuse of power' claim would do lasting damage to the separation of powers under the Constitution". He hasn't had an opportunity to do that yet.
At the time, Republicans who were the opposition to Clinton controlled a 55-45 majority in the Senate. Republicans want other witnesses, including former Vice President and current presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
But Dershowitz has previously argued that a President's conduct does not have to be criminal to be impeachable. Starr, who had testified in the House, was not involved in the Senate trial. Nadler said on "Face The Nation".
"The House managers have absolutely no idea what the structure of trial is going to be and the notion that the House managers are going into a trial that begins on Tuesday without knowing what the structure is, is completely unfathomable", the aide said.
With Republicans controlling the Senate 53-47, they can set the trial rules - or any four Republicans could join with Democrats to change course.
They sum up the impeachment as "a risky perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn". "That GAO report undid everything the president's letter said and everything Mitch McConnell has been saying".
"Unless he is removed from office, he will continue to endanger our national security, jeopardize the integrity of our elections, and undermine our core constitutional principles".
"The Senate should reject the Articles of Impeachment and acquit the president immediately", the memo concluded.
In a brief that was submitted to the Senate before the trial will start Tuesday, Trump's lawyers will make the argument that both articles of impeachment against the president were constitutionally deficient, while potentially endangering the future office of the presidency and upsetting the government's balance of power. Each side could have as few as two days to present their case. Chuck Schumer for purportedly stacking the deck against him ahead of the trial.
'That is wrong. And it is so wrong that no one even knows what his plan is a day and a half before one of the most momentous decisions any senator will ever make, ' he continued.