Democrats resume arguments in Trump impeachment trial

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says the impeachment case presented by House managers in this week's trial in the U.S. Senate has been "quite eye-opening".

On the clip Trump's team played Saturday, Schiff says that the call transcript "reads like a classic organized crime shakedown", describes it, and then says, "This is in sum and character what the president was trying to communicate". "If we allow this gross abuse of power to continue, this president would have free rein - free rein - to abuse his control of USA foreign policy for personal interest, and so would any other future president", House manager Sylvia Garcia said late in Thursday's arguments.

Jones said he hopes that will change. We're ready to present our case, ready to call witnesses, ready to see the documents. The opening days have been dominated by arguments over Democratic requests for more witnesses and records. Germany does nearly nothing for you.

Mr Cipollone said removing Mr Trump would violate the US Constitution, the history of the country, and "our obligations to the future".

"They left out the entire discussion of burden sharing", he continued.

Last year, Trump temporarily withheld $391mn in USA military aid to Ukraine, which Democrats say was leverage for his demands. They didn't tell you this. Schiff's invocation of it, she added, "was unnecessary". Not only 100 percent but actually 1,000 percent. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow.

"They spent a lot of the big chunk of the center part of the day, really, talking about things that are not relevant or that are policy issues - for instance, firing an ambassador - not taking the advice of career professionals. He has engaged in obstruction that several of his predecessors have expressly said is forbidden and that led to an article of impeachment against Nixon".

"We will make a determination on our presentation based on what we are responding to and based on our affirmative case", Sekulow said. Nearly US$400 million in US military aid to Ukraine was frozen during that period.

Trump's team defended the call on Saturday.

Trump defence lawyer Mike Purpura insisted there was no quid pro quo - as asserted by the Democrats. "The paused security assistance funds aren't even mentioned on the call".

Four of the Senate's 53 Republicans would have to join the Democrats in order to win a simple majority vote.

"It may have been the first time that many of my Republican colleagues heard the full story, the complete narrative from start to finish, uninterrupted", the Democratic senator from NY said.

President Donald Trump isn't happy with his defense team's time-slot during his historic impeachment trial in the Senate.

"Those facts are not contested".

"It is a awful tragedy for them and a worse tragedy for us", he said, adding that these countries would not turn to others like Russia, China or Europe "with all of these problems". "You had two African-Americans, you had a Hispanic". A handful said they had already made up their minds to acquit their party's leader. During his initial arguments, the House's chief manager, Adam Schiff, referred to the new evidence that emerged since Trump was dismissed in December.

"It doesn't matter if extortion last two weeks or two months-it's still extortion".

"Zelenksy felt no pressure. It still seems to me this this was an effort by the Democrats in a very partisan way to bring a case against President Trump because they weren't happy with the results of the 2016 election and are concerned that they're going to have real problems in the 2020 election when we look at the candidates running for president against President Trump".

The Republican Trump, who has denied wrongdoing, sounded a defiant note, telling reporters in Switzerland the Democrats did not have enough evidence to find him guilty and remove him from office.

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