President Trump likely to be acquitted in impeachment trial

Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Credit State of Michigan

A two-thirds majority is required to remove the president.

"So at the end of the day, we put our faith in the Senate", Cipollone said.

Schiff told the senators that the nation's founders wrote impeachment into the U.S. Constitution to give Congress the power to remove a president for committing "high crimes and misdemeanors" as a remedy to constrain evil.

"You are being asked to do this when tonight citizens of Iowa are going to be caucusing", Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said.

On Friday, the House managers lost a key vote along a razor-thin margin on whether to introduce additional evidence into the trial.

On Friday, Democrats failed to muster the four Republican votes needed to allow witness testimony - a departure from every other impeachment trial in us history. At least two Republican senators and three Democratic senators were seen as potential swing votes on the question of whether Trump warrants conviction.

Alas, none of the Senate's 53 Republicans have shown any inkling that they will vote to convict Trump of leaning on Ukraine for political dirt, or of obstructing Congress in its investigation of that pressure campaign. Senate Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, have made a bet. "I would say - especially those elected president of the United States".

Republicans both on and off Capitol Hill acknowledged that Democrats had been effective in presenting their case.




Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued a rather evasive statement that avoided firm conclusions, though he nevertheless said, "Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a president from office". For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. Or leaving him in office and effectively exonerating him?

"I would concur", she said. If senators didn't have all of the available information, and they decided the president's fate based on an incomplete record, so be it. "Sources close to the President say Trump is likely to stick to his insistence that his conduct was 'perfect'".

"History will not be kind to Donald Trump", Schiff told the Senate. "(Trump) is eager to go before the American people in this upcoming election". "That is neither freedom nor is it justice". "It's certainly not consistent with the most basic freedom of "We the People": the freedom to vote". They will be followed by White House lawyers, who will have up to two hours to present Trump's defense.

House managers and Trump's defence team will give closing arguments for up to four hours. Senators will then have the opportunity to make floor speeches until Wednesday afternoon, leading up to the final vote.

Utah senator Mitt Romney and ME senator Susan Collins joined the Democrats in calling for more witnesses, as Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander decided against it at the last minute.

Trump himself seems to be expecting a purely partisan outcome, which he will still undoubtedly frame as a personal vindication.

House managers opened with a plea from freshman Colorado congressman Jason Crow, who told the chamber: "We can not and should not leave our common sense at the door". "I think that the radical left - and she's sorta radical left too, by the way - but I think the radical left is gonna take over", Trump said, cited by Fox News.

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