On Saturday the Senate Impeachment Trial continues with President Trump’s legal team set to begin their case against his removal from Office, following the Articles of Impeachment approved in the House in December.
The Washington Post reports that their opening statements to be presented in an “abbreviated,” sessions of the Senate Trial.
They go on to say that President Trump’s lawyers are “expected to argue that the president was justified in seeking the investigation because of a history of corruption involving the company and that he committed no crimes.”
On Friday the House Impeachment Managers wrapped up their three-day presentations as to why the President did Abuse his Power, Article I of the Articles of Impeachment, and Article II Obstruction of Congress, and should be removed from Office as a result of his actions.
This is the #ImpeachmentTrial clip GOP senators are pretending to be angry about.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 25, 2020
SCHIFF: “CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that GOP Senators were warned 'vote against your president … and your head will be on a pike.’” pic.twitter.com/sf2HMGJoCk
House Judiciary Chairman and lead House Manager, Adam Schiff (D-CA), apparently ruffled the GOP Senators feathers referring to a reported threat made against them by President Trump’s team.
CBS News reports that GOP Senators have been warned by Trump team: "Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike." How is this acceptable? pic.twitter.com/19TKOn4kSq— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) January 24, 2020
GOP OK Sen Lankford on Schiff's 'head on a pike' comment: I was visibly upset with it. The whole room was visibly upset on our side..that's insulting and demeaning to everyone to say that we somehow live in fear and that the President has threatened all of us— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 25, 2020
Braun says Schiff’s closing was “very melodramatic” and there were audible gasps among his colleagues when he mentioned the “head on a pike” report— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 25, 2020
Schumer rebukes GOP senators taking exception to Schiff citing the "head on a pike" report:— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) January 25, 2020
"The Republicans are so afraid to confront the actual facts here … that they're always looking for a diversion."
"So what do all these defenses mean? What they mean is: 'Under Article II, the President can do whatever he wants.' … They want us to believe the President can do whatever he wants under Article II, and there is nothing you or the House can do about it." – @RepAdamSchiff pic.twitter.com/edrRyn5Ggt— House Intelligence Committee (@HouseIntel) January 25, 2020
This trial isn’t politically expedient; it’s hard and it’s uncomfortable, but that’s public service.— Rep. Jason Crow (@RepJasonCrow) January 25, 2020
Those who have given so much for our country deserve nothing less from us than to try to honor their sacrifices.
I have tried to do that this week. Now, it’s your turn. pic.twitter.com/PlXdWVWorB
.@RepAdamSchiff on the argument that abuse of power is not impeachable:— House Intelligence Committee (@HouseIntel) January 25, 2020
"Does that really make any sense?…That would make no sense to the Framers. I have to think over the centuries as they've watched us they would be astonished that anyone would take that argument seriously." pic.twitter.com/zgZgQIhr77
On Friday ABC News reported the existence of audio that appears to show President Trump in 2018 telling indicted former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas to “take her out,” referring to former U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
The President in his infamous July 25th call to the newly elected Ukrainian President Zelensky, mentions Yonvanovitch by name, saying, “she’s going to go through some things.”
The President responded to Saturday’s hearing via Twitter.
Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2020