Pat Cipollone, allotment of Admiral Donald Trump’s acknowledged aegis team, abbreviated their aegis during their aperture arguments on January 25, 2020. USA TODAY
The accusation balloon has concluded for Saturday afterwards almost two hours of arguments by Admiral Donald Trump’s aegis team. It will resume at 1 p.m. EST on Monday.
WASHINGTON – House Intelligence Administrator Adam Schiff absolved criticisms of him as “efforts to distract,” afterwards he created a activity for raising a address about threats to senators who don’t ancillary with the president.
After Admiral Donald Trump’s aegis aggregation captivated up the alpha of its arguments Saturday, Schiff was asked about the comments he fabricated on the Senate attic on Friday.
Schiff had cited a CBS Annual address about a Trump acquaintance cogent senators not to vote adjoin the admiral or “your arch would be on a pike,” which acquired backfire from senators who declared the address untrue. .
“There are activity to be efforts to abstract from the facts,” Schiff responded. “There are activity to be attacks on the managers. If the affliction they can point to is that I referred to a appear address by CBS, that’s appealing attenuate gruel.”
He said Republicans artlessly didn’t appetite to allocution about the actuality of the case or the evidence.
“They aloof appetite to advance the House managers,” Schiff said.
However, afore Saturday morning’s balloon began, some GOP senators disagreed.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told reporters in casual Saturday that she “didn’t like” Schiff’s “head on a pike” comment.
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., declared that House managers application “incendiary comments” could appulse anybody “on the fence” in agreement of voting for witnesses.
Schiff argued of Republicans, “that’s what you do aback your applicant is guilty, aback your applicant is asleep to rights. You don’t appetite to allocution about your client’s guilt. You appetite to advance the prosecution. It is a adequately basal strategy, and I anticipate that’s all you’re seeing actuality is that accomplishment to distract.”
– Christal Hayes and Savannah Behrmann
Lead House accusation administrator Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks to reporters on Saturday. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued Admiral Donald Trump’s defense aggregation aback fabricated the case to alarm assemblage and abstracts during the trial, commodity Democrats accept been blame for aback afore the balloon began.
“They kept adage there were no beholder accounts, but there are bodies who accept beholder accounts,” Schumer said, apropos to acting White House Arch of Staff Mick Mulvaney and above civic aegis adviser John Bolton, two bodies Democrats appetite to testify.
Senate Republicans accept alone Democratic efforts to absolution abstracts and alarm assemblage so far.
“The president’s counsels are criticizing the case adjoin the admiral for abridgement of sources abutting to the admiral while at the aforementioned time blocking affidavit from assemblage abutting to the president,” Schumer continued.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said the acknowledgment offered by Trump’s admonition Saturday only heightened the case for the Senate to apprehend from added witnesses.
Senators like Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, and Democrats Joe Manchin and Doug Jones, accept all signaled that they are ambivalent on calling witnesses.
However, as to whether there would absolutely be abundant votes to alarm in specific officials, Durbin said “my assumption is there won’t be abundant to accomplish it happen.
– Christal Hayes, Savannah Behrmann and Sean Rossman
Senators had alloyed reactions to Admiral Donald Trump’s counsel using aloof two of their 24 hours for opening arguments on Saturday, but acclaimed it could be a acknowledged strategy.
Trump’s aegis team, like the Democratic House managers, accept 24 hours to present their case over three days.
The strategy, senators say, is to prove there wasn’t a case to accede to, and to give a breach to senators who accept been ashore central the alcove all week.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Pa., acclaimed Trump’s admonition for befitting it short.
“What we saw today, in aloof two abbreviate hours, is what the House larboard out in 21 hours, all in the accomplishment to attenuate and accuse and abolish this president, and to attenuate the acclamation of 2020,” he argued.
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., declared the beneath animadversion “refreshing.”
“In this two hours, I anticipate they fabricated added advance than the absoluteness of what (House managers) laid on us with mountains of information, minutiae, and aloof not accepting to the point,” he said.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Trump’s admonition was aggravating to “win favor psychologically” by not banishment senators to bear diffuse presentations.
“I mean, how abounding altered times did they admonish us that they weren’t activity to use 23 or 24 hours? They apperceive that that advised heavily on abounding associates of the Senate,” Durbin said. “And so they’re aggravating to win favor psychologically by saying, ‘We’re not activity to accumulate you. We’ll aloof do it in a abundant beneath aeon of time.’”
Asked if it was commodity that could amplitude senators, Durbin said “well, it doesn’t hurt.”
“From that point of view, you accept a added absolute activity adjoin the presentation if you feel like you’re activity to be able to go home,” he added.
– Christal Hayes
President Donald Trump advised in with his thoughts on the Senate accusation trial..
Shortly afterwards his aegis aggregation captivated up its presentation on Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to already afresh accuse that he has been abject and that accusation is a hoax.
“Any fair absent actuality watching the Senate balloon today would be able to see how unfairly I accept been advised and that this is absolutely the absolutely accessory Accusation Hoax that EVERYBODY, including the Democrats, absolutely knows it is,” he wrote. “This should never be accustomed to appear again!”
– Michael Collins
White House admonition Patrick Cipollone captivated up Saturday’s presentation afterwards about two hours – 60 annual beneath than assembly had anticipated.
“I accept acceptable news. Aloof a few added annual from us today,” he said.
He told senators it would be “a absolutely capricious bribery of power” to captive and abolish Trump from ability based on the Ukraine allegations, suggesting afresh that they were aggravating to anticipate him from actuality re-elected in 2020.
“Let the bodies adjudge for themselves,” he said. “That’s what the founders wanted.”
President Donald Trump’s aegis aggregation will resume its arguments Monday at 1 p.m. EST.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued the president’s aegis aggregation aback fabricated the case to alarm assemblage and abstracts during the trial, commodity Democrats accept been blame for aback afore the balloon began.
“They kept adage there were no beholder accounts, but there are bodies who accept beholder accounts,” Schumer said, apropos to acting White House arch of Staff Mick Mulvaney and above civic aegis adviser John Bolton, two bodies Democrats appetite to testify.
Senate Republicans accept alone Democratic efforts to absolution abstracts and alarm assemblage so far.
“The president’s counsels are criticizing the case adjoin the admiral for abridgement of sources abutting to the admiral while at the aforementioned time blocking affidavit from assemblage abutting to the president.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the advance House accusation administrator prosecuting the case, argued afresh that Trump led a arrangement to accept Ukraine do his political bidding.
“They don’t challenge the basal architectonics of the scheme,” he said. “They do not challenge that the admiral solicited a adopted nation to baffle in our election, to advice him cheat. I anticipate they acknowledge, by not alike battling this, that the facts are overwhelming.”
– Deirdre Shesgreen and Sean Rossman
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Patrick Philbin, agent admonition to Admiral Donald Trump, tried to adverse the accusation of obstruction of Congress, adage the White House did not accede with House Democrats’ subpoenas because they were not accurately valid.
He argued that the House did not chase absolute rules in acceding the accusation analysis – appropriately authoritative the subpoenas void.
In fact, Philbin appropriate the absolute accusation analysis was adulterine because the abounding House never voted to accessible a probe.
“There was no vote to accredit the lath to exercise the ability of impeachment,” he said. So Schiff’s lath didn’t accept the ascendancy to affair subpoenas.
He said Trump was not accustomed to accept admonition in the antecedent closed-door interviews with key witnesses, and was alone admission to participate at the end of the probe.
“The absolute affairs in the House … lasted 78 days. It’s the fastest investigatory action for a presidential accusation in history,” he said. And for all but 7 canicule of that, “the admiral was absolutely bound out.”
“That’s not due process,” Philbin said.
– Deirdre Shesgreen
President Donald Trump’s clandestine advocate Jay Sekulow tried to adverse Democrats’ assertions that Trump was not anxious about bribery in Ukraine – except in the case of the allegations about above Carnality Admiral Joe Biden his son, because that would advice him politically.
Sekulow acclaimed that several assemblage testified afore the House accusation console about aggressive bribery in Ukraine, and it was broadly accustomed the above Soviet accompaniment has struggled to barrier the admission of politically affiliated oligarchs.
Sekulow additionally portrayed the Trump administration’s benumb on U.S. aegis abetment for Ukraine as allotment of a broader Trump administering action to analysis all U.S. adopted aegis assistance.
He additionally listed added times Trump froze aid to countries over the years, including $300 actor to Pakistan due to apropos the country was not affair its counter-terrorism obligations.
“You didn’t apprehend about any of that,” he said attractive over to the House managers, Democrats who are prosecuting Trump. “None of that was discussed.”
– Deirdre Shesgreen and Christal Hayes
One of Admiral Donald Trump’s attorneys played clips from affidavit offered during the House’s accusation inquiry, gluttonous to both discredit the case that $400 actor in aggressive aid was angry to investigations politically accessible to the admiral and suggesting that senators had been deceived by House managers.
Mike Purpura, agent admonition to the president, played a alternation of accumulated clips from European Agent Gordon Sondland, area he again said he “presumed” accounts and that he had no contiguous ability of some events. The alternation of clips focused on assemblage who said they did not apperceive whether Ukraine was acquainted of the authority on the aggressive aid, a key allocation of the Democrats’ case adjoin the president.
“The House managers never told you any of this. Why not? Why didn’t they appearance you this testimony? Why didn’t they acquaint you about this testimony?” Mike Purpura said afterwards arena the clips. “Because none of this fits their narrative. And it wouldn’t advance to their agreed outcome.”
– Christal Hayes
White House counsel Pat Cipollone emphasized the force of the Senate accusation trial proceedings and accused Democrats of aggravating to disengage the 2016 presidential acclamation – and baffle with the 2020 contest.
“They’re allurement you to do commodity very, absolute consequential and … very, absolute dangerous,” Cipollone said. “They’re allurement you not alone to annul the after-effects of the aftermost acclamation but … allurement you to abolish Admiral Trump from the acclamation in an acclamation that’s occurring in about nine months. They’re allurement you to breach up all of the ballots beyond this country” and “take that accommodation abroad from the American people.”
Mike Purpura, agent admonition to Admiral Donald Trump, began by aggravating to attenuate the believability of Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat and House Intelligence Lath administrator who led the accusation inquiry.
He played a blow of Schiff annual the declared archetype of Trump’s now abominable July 25 buzz alarm with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. In the clip, Schiff appears to amplify the actuality of the alarm – in what he afterwards said was a “parody” – and appropriate Trump had anon asked his Ukrainian analogue for “dirt” on a political opponent.
Republicans accept again attacked Schiff’s annual of the call, and now it has become Exhibit A in the president’s defense.
As Purpura played the clip, Schiff sat motionless, his eyes alert to Purpura and a TV awning assuming the video. He had his easily bound in his lap and abandoned a note passed over on a acknowledged pad.
As Purpura affiliated to focus on the case categorical by House managers, the aggregation of managers and attorneys jotted bottomward addendum on ample acknowledged pads, casual letters aback and forth.
– Deirdre Shesgreen
Attorneys for Admiral Donald Trump: Jay Sekulow (L), Jordan Sekulow (back L) and White House Admonition Pat Cipollone (2-R) admission for the Senate accusation balloon on Saturday. (Photo: Michael Reynolds, EPA-EFE)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Saturday he opposes calling assemblage in the accusation trial, alike as he says his GOP colleagues face “pressure” to “call” advanced both Hunter and Joe Biden.
“Senator Schumer said he didn’t appetite to accomplish a trade, I accede with that actually,” Graham stated. “I don’t appetite to alarm Hunter and Joe Biden…but somebody needs to attending at the Biden admission in the Ukraine.”
He proceeded to analyze that he “doesn’t apperceive how to do this” apropos investigating the Biden’s and hadn’t announced to Trump accurately about a “special counsel”, but he wasn’t adjoin to the idea.
The admiral claims that the above carnality admiral and 2020 Democratic beloved strong-armed the Ukrainian government to blaze its top prosecutor in adjustment to baffle an analysis into a aggregation angry to his son.
“Somebody needs to anticipate about this. Do you appetite me to do it? I’ll do it. I’d rather accept somebody like Mueller do it because I anticipate it’s important to look, but if my Democratic colleagues say, ‘looking at the Biden’s, it’s been done, there’s no acumen to look’, I acquisition that offensive.”
– Savannah Behrmann
Supreme Court Arch Justice John Roberts, who is authoritative over the Senate accusation balloon of Admiral Donald Trump, resumed the trial shortly afterwards 10 a.m.
One of Trump’s clandestine lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said the aegis would flash a spotlight on the role that above Carnality Admiral Joe Biden played in Ukraine during the Trump team’s aperture arguments.
“Believe me, you’ll apprehend about that issue,” Sekulow told reporters Friday in the Capitol, according to Politico.
Trump and his allies accept declared that Biden strong-armed the Ukrainian government into battlefront its top prosecutor to baffle an analysis into a aggregation angry to his son, Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden served on the lath of a Ukraine gas company, Burisma Holdings.
In fact, Biden pushed for the Ukrainian prosecutor’s adjournment because he wasn’t advancing bribery cases, according to a Ukrainian official and four above American admiral who specialized in Ukraine and Europe.
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But Trump’s allies abide to advance that debunked allegation.
“The House managers absitively to not aloof accessible the door, but bang the aperture bottomward on the Burisma-Biden matter,” Sekulow said, apropos to the seven Democrats who presented the case for impeachment.
Sekulow banned to detail his aegis strategy. But he said Trump’s aggregation will accession a assembly of hot-button issues– including the Bidens, the abstracts that above British intelligence administrator Christopher Steele calm on Trump afore the 2016 campaign, and complaints about the FBI’s delving into accessible Russian bunco with the Trump campaign.
“We accept two goals – we’re activity to abnegate the allegations that they’ve fabricated and we’re activity to put on an acknowledging case as well,” Sekulow said.
– Deirdre Shesgreen
The U.S. Capitol Building on Saturday in Washington, D.C., afore the Senate balloon of Admiral Donald Trump resumes. (Photo: Alex Edelman, AFP via Getty Images)
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Cipollone opened the defense’s case for Trump and began by carrying some annual the senator-jurors were acceptable agilely cheering: Trump’s aggregation does not plan on application all of the time they accept – 24 hours over the abutting three canicule – to present the president’s case.
“We will be absolute efficient,” Cipollone said. “We will accomplishment calmly and quickly.”
– Deirdre Shesgreen
Minutes afore Trump’s aggregation was appointed to accessible their defense, the House managers delivered the balloon almanac they accumulated in the accusation analysis – added than 28,000 pages of transcripts and documents.
The abstracts were rolled from the House to the Senate in colossal grocery carts and dollies.
– Deirdre Shesgreen
Trump advised in to the affray on Saturday morning via his admired medium.
“Our case adjoin lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi … & the absolute Radical Left, Do Annihilation Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M.,” Trump tweeted.
Now it’s Donald Trump’s turn.
After three chase canicule of accusation affidavit from Democratic House managers on why the admiral should be bedevilled and removed from office, Trump’s acknowledged aggregation will accept according time to accomplish its case to senators starting Saturday.
Trump’s lawyers are accepted to press their altercation that the admiral did annihilation wrong in his relations with Ukraine and that he appropriately tried to ensure the able use of aborigine dollars aback he delayed $391 million in aggressive aid to the Eastern European accessory so they would footfall up anti-corruption efforts.
They’ll additionally challenge the aboriginal commodity of impeachment – abuse of power – has no authority because no specific abomination is being alleged. That altercation has been absolved by more than a dozen acknowledged advisers as a misreading of what the framers of the Constitution intended.
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They’ll additionally booty beneath time than the Democrats. At atomic to start.
While Democrats took about eight of their 24 hours on Wednesday, their aboriginal day of arguments, Trump’s attorneys will alpha at 10 a.m. EST Saturday and stop about 1 p.m., said Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s clandestine attorneys confined on his aegis team.
Sekulow said the Senate asked for the “accommodation.” The admiral had additionally complained that his aegis was affected to alpha on a day accepted amid broadcasters as “Death Valley” because of commonly low ratings.
Longer presentations are actuality planned for Monday and Tuesday, admiral said.
“The affirmation and the facts prove he has done annihilation wrong,” White House agent Hogan Gidley said Friday. “We are attractive advanced to the adventitious aback we get to lay out our case. The attorneys are aflame about that and they are activity to attack.”
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Attorney for Admiral Donald J. Trump Jay Sekulow responds to a catechism from the annual media during a breach in the accusation balloon on Friday (Photo: Shawn Thew, EPA-EFE)
In pre-trial acknowledged briefs, Trump’s attorneys accept said the House accusation analysis was arbitrary to Trump and additionally argued that, in any case, the allegations do not acceleration to the akin of amiss offenses.
On Friday, Sekulow said the aggregation would accomplish a acute case, but that in three hours Saturday it would represent an overview of their arguments.
“We’re activity to put on I accept after catechism a acute case,” Sekulow said. “We accept two goals – we’re activity to abnegate the allegations that they’ve fabricated and we’re activity to put on an acknowledging case as well.”
Sekulow banned to acknowledge what he would discuss. But appropriate the aegis aggregation will raise a array of advancing issues, such as the abstracts that above British intelligence administrator Christopher Steele calm about Trump, complaints about the Adopted Surveillance Intelligence Court and the role that above Carnality Admiral Joe Biden played in Ukraine.
Trump’s claimed lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, ability additionally become a accountable of the arguments. Giuliani criticized Marie Yovanovitch, the above U.S. agent to Ukraine, and formed for her removal, which preceded Trump’s burden for an analysis of Biden.
GOP response: Donald Trump’s attorneys say accusation case is insufficient, unconstitutional
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, one of eight House assembly who are allotment of Trump’s aegis team, told reporters Friday that the aggregation is “very confident” because all of the facts are on the president’s side.
“I anticipate this case is accessible and shut for the president,” Jordan said.
Regarding the additional commodity of impeachment – obstruction of Congress – Jordan and added GOP allies of the admiral accede with Trump’s acknowledged aggregation that argues Democrats should accept pursued admission to abstracts and assemblage through the courts, not the Senate.
In a filing from aftermost week, Trump’s attorneys claim there is no arete to the accusation article. The filing said the White House withheld assemblage and abstracts because the advice is adequate by controlling privilege, and Congress is not advantaged admission to centralized deliberations aural the controlling branch.
“Defending the breach of admiral is not an amiss offense,” it said.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said she’s eager to apprehend Trump’s attorneys arise a active aegis rather than aloof alarm the case a witch hunt.
“I’d like to see an absolute evidentiary argument,” Hirono said. “I’d like to see them aftermath some abstracts to say he didn’t do what he did. We see with our own eyes all of the affirmation that has been presented, admitting the actuality that Trump has approved to abandonment everything.”
Attorney Jay Sekulow, a affiliate of the aegis aggregation for US Admiral Donald J. Trump for the Senate accusation trial, responds to questions from associates of the annual media during a abbreviate breach in the Senate accusation balloon in Washington, DC on January 23, 2020. (Photo: Michael Reynolds, EPA-EFE)
Impeachment experts don’t apprehend Trump’s aegis aggregation to adverse the Democrats’ altercation point by point but rather try to drive home the president’s altercation that Democrats are affianced in a political hit job.
“The Democrats are aggravating to accomplish a absolute specific altercation and they’re speaking in accurate terms,” said William Howell, a political science assistant at the University of Chicago. “I apprehend the Republicans to allege in generalities because their job isn’t so abundant to action an alternative, appropriately bright adverse claim. Rather their job is to artlessly derail the Democrats’ efforts.”
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Howell said that alive the Senate will not captive Trump, all his attorneys charge to do is actualize reasonable doubt.
“These adverse stories, aback you get up abutting to them and you anticipate them through, they abridgement merit,” he said. “But as continued as they’re unexamined and there’s some abject believability to them, they can do the assignment for the admiral that they charge them to do, which is artlessly to say there is some believable acumen why the admiral was advancing this line, it’s absolutely aural his appropriate and accordingly not impeachable.”
University of Missouri Law Assistant Frank O. Bowman III agreed.
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Trump’s attorneys “are absolutely not activity to accommodate a adverse anecdotal because they haven’t got one,” Bowman said. “The Democrats’ facts are abnormally powerful.”
Neither Howell or Bowman accept the GOP will booty up the absolute 24 hours they’re allotted.
“They appetite to say this affair lacks any arete whatsoever and if the backpack on for three beeline days, that would advance there’s commodity to argue with which runs adverse to their argument,” Howell said. “The amount of their altercation is there’s not abundant to see actuality folks.”
Bowman said he’d be afraid if they do because the Republican action is to absolve the admiral in time for his Accompaniment of the Union accent to Congress Feb. 4.
Contributing: Bart Jansen, David Jackson
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