Democrats raise stakes in Trump trial as they push for new witnesses

President Donald Trump selects former defender of Jeffery Epstein to join his legal team

The first article of impeachment relate to Trump's action in applying pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden (a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination) as well as withholding US$400 million in aid to help Kiev combat Russian aggression.

Democrats say Trump abused his power by withholding us military assistance to Ukraine as part of a pressure campaign and obstructed Congress by refusing to hand over documents and barring administration officials from testifying, even when subpoenaed by House investigators. Senior administration officials argued that similar imprecision in the articles applied to the multi-part article of impeachment for perjury in the Bill Clinton impeachment trial.

House Democrats have sought to call new witnesses during the Senate trial, which begins Tuesday, arguing that a truncated process would be unfair. "Criminal-like conduct", Dershowtiz said, was required for impeachment.

The Senate will then spend a few days of "housekeeping" to set the rules and procedures for the trial before issuing a summons for Trump to enter a plea and appear at the trial.

"The 100 members of the senate who serve as the jurors in this trial and also are the ones that vote on the rules, so I think every single one of us has to look inside our hearts and do our very best to provide impartial justice", Smith said.

"The people being asked for by Senator Schumer are the Secretary of State, the chief staff to the president of the United States, the National Security Adviser to the president of the United States, and the acting OMBD director", Graham said.

An aide working on the impeachment trial said the proceedings are expected to start at 1:00 p.m. each day, The New York Times reported, meaning if lawmakers go for 12 hours each day the arguments could span through the early hours of the next morning. That would have both sides lay out their arguments before a possible vote by senators on whether to allow witnesses. He then addressed the senators - "Senators, I attend the Senate in conformity with your notice for the objective of joining with you for the trial of the President of the United States".

The brief from Trump's lawyers, filed ahead of arguments expected later this week in the Senate impeachment trial, offered the most detailed glimpse of the lines of defense they intend to use against Democratic efforts to convict the president and oust him from office over his dealings with Ukraine.

Democrats are pressing Republicans to support a witness resolution.

Even as he made the case for Trump's acquittal, Dershowitz on Sunday distanced himself from the rest of Trump's defense team and said he would merely speak about the Constitution at the trial. "I need witnesses and further evidence to guide me to the right destination, to get to the truth".

No other Republican has gone that far.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) doesn't find President Trump's attempt to dig up false allegations against political rivals to be a big deal. Members of Trump's team countered that if they win a vindication for Trump, it means "there will be an acquittal forever as well", Trump attorney Robert Ray said Sunday.

"The Democrats are terrified about seeing a witness like Hunter Biden testify because they don't want to hear evidence of actual corruption", Cruz said.



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