The Senate adjourned as a court of impeachment on Monday afternoon and will not reconvene as such until Wednesday at 4pm, when the vote to acquit or convict Trump will be held.
The actions are being organized by a diverse coalition of progressive groups-including By the People, Common Cause, Greenpeace, Indivisible, NextGen America, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, Stand Up America, Stand Up Republic, Women's March, and others-and are meant to make sure that Republicans understand their votes to acquit will not be forgotten come national elections later this year.
She added that if the Senate ultimately doesn't check the president's actions, "then we give our nation's children a weaker democracy than we inherited from those who came before us". Democrats have alleged Trump held the aid in exchange for politically advantageous investigations and said it amounted to an abuse of his power. Yet, Manchin said that while Trump's call with Ukrainian President Zelensky "was not a ideal call" as Trump has alleged, the senator doesn't see a path to the 67 votes to convict him. He also noted that Zelensky, his top adviser, and foreign minister also disputed Democrats' claims of any quid pro quo pressure campaign.
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A trial without trying to obtain more evidence from first-hand witnesses, Democrats have argued, would render an acquittal "meaningless."
But they failed to muster the four Republican votes needed to allow testimony from key witnesses from Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and others.
As the Democratic prosecutors addressed the somber Senate chamber, Trump lashed out on Twitter. "The only appropriate result here is to acquit the president and to leave it to the voters to choose their president", said the lead defense lawyer, Pat Cipollone. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held the articles hostage for over a month, as Democrats clamored for more documents and witnesses.
That is the crux of the case against Mr. Trump. But even as they were poised to acquit him, several Republican senators were rejecting that assertion, saying his actions were wrong and inappropriate - just not grounds for the Senate to oust him. "He will not change", said Schiff.
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"If the president was upset with what the Bidens were doing in Ukraine, he should've called the (U.S.) attorney general", William Barr, Alexander said.
After Senators decided Friday that they did not need to hear from further witnesses, the impeachment trial will resume Monday with closing arguments by the House impeachment managers. Only two Republicans, moderates Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, voted to hear witnesses. Joni Ernst of Iowa said in interviews broadcast Sunday that Trump erred in asking Zelenskiy to "do us a favor" to launch the investigations at the same time he was withholding $391 million in military aid Kyiv wanted to help fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
But Alexander added, "I think what he did is a long way from treason, bribery, high crimes, and misdemeanors", the U.S. Constitution threshold for an impeachable offense requiring removal from office. "I simply ask this body to stand firm today". "I don't know how anybody could possibly beat me", he said.
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