Republican lawmakers are thus hesitant to turn against the president, fearful that a highly motivated Trump-supporting base would make them pay at the ballot box. "Most unfair & corrupt hearing in Congressional history!"
"In corruptly using his office to gain a political advantage and abusing the powers of that office in such a way to jeopardize our national security and the integrity of our elections, in obstructing the investigation into his own wrongdoing, the president has shown that he believes that he's above the law and scornful of constraint", Schiff said. It's unclear how much time they will actually take, but Trump's team promises not only to defend the president but to take apart the Democrats' case.
Fox News Outnumbered Co-host Marie Harf took aim at Republican senators over their "complaining" of a long day in the upper chamber hearing the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump while likening it to a typical day at work for the average American.
"NO PRESSURE!" wrote Mr Trump in one message. "The American people are watching".
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On Tuesday Collins voted with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell against Democratic requests to subpoena Trump administration officials and documents.
"You've now heard hundreds of hours of depositions and live testimony from the House", Schiff said. Democrats would need to convince 20 Republicans to vote for conviction, and no Republican has called for his removal from office.
Other House impeachment managers addressed the senators Wednesday, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler who talked about Trump's "smear campaign" against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Trump ended up ousting her. The Democrats wanted to subpoena at the outset of the trial White House, State Department and Defense Department documents and such key witnesses as Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
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.
One issue with wide agreement: Trump should allow top aides to appear as witnesses at the trial.
Seventy percent of respondents-including 80 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Republicans-said senators should "act as impartial jurors" during the proceedings.
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.
He also rejected calling further witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, to testify. "And Senate Republicans will have the power to bring that evidence into the trial", Schumer told reporters.
It is the third presidential impeachment trial in USA history.
McConnell ruled that the Senate could only vote on the question of evidence and witnesses after the two sides present their cases and senators have a chance to ask questions of the House managers and Trump lawyers.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe Trump has definitely or probably done things that are illegal, either while in office or when he was running for president, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday.