Impeachment: Trump's legal team concludes opening day of arguments

House impeachment manager Adam Schiff speaks during the impeachment trial in the Senate on Wednesday

House impeachment manager Adam Schiff speaks during the impeachment trial in the Senate on Wednesday

House Democrats have opened arguments in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, appealing to Republican senators to vote to remove the U.S. president from office to "protect our democracy".

Thursday's session - the second of three days for the Democrats to make their opening statements - starts at 1 p.m. EST.

A United States lawmaker on Friday cited the Philippines as among countries that look up to America as a nation where the rule of law prevails, as he pushed for the removal of US President Donald Trump.

"And when he was caught, he used the powers of [his] office to obstruct the investigation into his own misconduct", said Schiff, who headed the probe that led to Trump's December 18 impeachment by the Democratic-controlled House.

In vote after vote, Republicans rebuffed repeated efforts by Senate Democrats to introduce new White House witnesses and documents into the trial.

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During that marathon debate, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed 11 amendments to the resolution introduced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Trump legal team will have up to 24 hours over three days to make its case.

Mike Purpura, another of Mr. Trump's lawyers, said the President's request during that call that Mr. Zelensky investigate a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 US election to help the Democrats was also above-board.

Cipollone, opening the rebuttal for Trump's defense team after days of House Democrat presentations to the Senate, said that Democrats "are asking you to do something very, very consequential, and I would submit to you ... very, very risky". "And I hope that they come and address the facts and not just dismiss the House's case outright and call it ridiculous, ". "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.

His impassioned words capped a long day in which Democrats detailed Trump's illicit scheme to pressure Ukraine to help his 2020 reelection campaign.

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Government witnesses told the impeachment inquiry a year ago that Biden was carrying out official USA policy.

"I guess I would call it a trailer - coming attractions would be the best way to say it, but obviously we have three hours to put it out".

"But again (Democrats) stated numerous times in their brief they had overwhelming evidence it would be so clear to everyone - I haven't seen that yet and I've heard the same message over and over and over", she said. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told reporters on Wednesday that Biden's testimony "is now critical" following opening arguments by House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

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