Impeachment trial live updates: Senate hears opening arguments making the case against Trump

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Jan. 22, 2020 at 4:23 p.m. EST

House managers, led by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), began presenting three days of opening arguments Wednesday in the historic Senate impeachment trial of President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Earlier in the day, Trump said at a news conference in Switzerland that he “can live either way” with the Senate’s decision on whether to call witnesses in a trial focused on his administration’s conduct toward Ukraine.

The crux of the House case is the allegation that Trump withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a political rival, as well as his son Hunter Biden.

●Senate adopts ground rules for impeachment trial, delaying a decision on witnesses until after much of the proceedings.

●Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. admonishes impeachment lawyers, telling them to “remember where they are.”

●Senate Democrats privately consider witness trade in impeachment trial.

●With his mind on impeachment, Trump prepares to wrap up Davos visit with foreign policy focus.

The Senate impeachment trial process | The impeachment managers |Which senators support removing Trump | Trump’s legal team brief | House Democrats’ response.

Nadler to tell ‘story of the president’s Ukraine scheme’

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) now has the floor for the next several hours to tell the story of what he says happened in Ukraine.

“This is the story of a corrupt governmentwide effort that drew in ambassadors, Cabinet officials, executive branch agencies and the office of the president,” Nadler said.

Nadler said his story would “show the president went to extraordinary lengths to cheat in the next election.”

Before beginning his remarks, Nadler, who sparred with Trump’s lawyer as the debate Tuesday went into its 11th hour, thanked Roberts and senators for “your temperate listening and patience last night as we went into the long hours.”

Then he deadpanned, “Truly. Thank you.”




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