Democrats to Argue Trump Obstructed Probe in Third Day of Impeachment Trial

Democrats serving as prosecutors in U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will make their case that he improperly interfered in Congress’ probe of his dealings with Ukraine in their final day of arguments on Friday.

Democratic managers from the House of Representatives will try to convince both the Republican-controlled Senate, which will determine if Trump finishes his term, and the American public, which will decide in November if he gets a second one, that he improperly withheld key witnesses and documents.

In the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, Trump, a Republican, is accused of attempting to coerce Ukraine’s government into digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a top contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The U.S. Constitution sets out the impeachment process for removing a president who commits “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Trump has denied any wrongdoing, while Republican allies of the president have argued that his conduct does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.

Once Democrats conclude their opening arguments, the president’s legal team will have up to 24 hours over three days to mount a defense. Senate Republicans are expected to acquit Trump. A two-thirds vote of the chamber is required to eject him from office.

As the trial neared the end of its first week, there was little sign that Senate Republicans were being persuaded by the Democratic case.

Democrats spent Thursday meticulously detailing their allegations that Trump only grew interested in corruption in Ukraine when it appeared that Biden could become a serious political threat.

“If we allow this gross abuse of power to continue, this president would have free rein – free rein – to abuse his control of U.S. foreign policy for personal interest, and so would any other future president,” House manager Sylvia Garcia said late in Thursday’s arguments. “And then this president, and all presidents, become above the law.”

In a July 25 phone call, Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Trump temporarily withheld $391 million in U.S. military aid to Ukraine, which Democrats say was leverage for his demands.

In doing so, Trump abused the power of his office, Democrats say.

DEMOCRATS PUSH FOR WITNESSES

On Friday, they will argue that Trump also unlawfully refused to cooperate with the House probe of the matter by directing officials to ignore Democratic requests to testify and for relevant documents.

Key administration officials who refused to comply with subpoenas in the probe included Vice President Mike Pence, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Former national security adviser John Bolton refused a request by the House to testify.

Democrats sought to have Bolton testify in the Senate proceeding, but senators voted along party lines on Tuesday against all Democrats’ proposed witnesses.

In his opening remarks this week, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, the lead House manager, accused Trump of using “unrivaled authority at his disposal as the commander in chief to cover up his wrongdoing.”

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, a member of Trump’s legal team, called the obstruction charge “ridiculous” and contended the president had a constitutional right to keep aides from testifying.

Cipollone has called the process a “partisan impeachment” and accused Democrats of trying to “steal” the 2020 presidential election.

During the proceedings, Democrats have argued that the Senate should allow new witnesses such as Bolton to testify. Republicans have resisted their push but have threatened to call a witness such as Joe or Hunter Biden in retaliation.

The Senate could return next week to the question of whether to call witnesses.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan, Susan Cornwell and David Morgan; Writing by James Oliphant; Editing by Scott Malone and Peter Cooney)

Responses

  1. “And of course it must be pointed out the Kenyan Marxist NEVER lied?” Confused James

    I am confused, Confused James.

    What does Pres. Obama have to do with King Donald The Loser’s impeachment?

    1. What does Obama have to do with impeachment? Could it be because Obama did the same things that President Trump did? Why wasn’t Obama impeached? Because executive privilege is the law for the President. Where were you when Obama used executive privilege to prevent Eric Holder from being investigated for fast and furious? What were they hiding? I keep hearing democrats say no one is above the law, but that doesn’t appear to be truthful. After your statement try changing the name to total confusion. James made sense to me, but I’m not tired of winning.

  2. Who cares there hasn’t been anything new since day one.

  3. boo-hoo. Trump did not welcome your anal-probes. Show a statute that he violated in doing so.

    1. Re: your comment about one of your comments disappearing

      I think the pattern is that something makes certain posts disappear automatically. Then, after a certain amount of time transpires, it automatically reappears.

      The next time this happens to one of your comments, wait a bit longer and see if it reappears. It just might.

  4. “By the way, parnas and vindman have been proven to be total liars” The Real Bob

    Total liars? I am confused.

    Your Dear Leader has tallied upwards of 15,000 lies! Doesn’t that make HIM more of a total liar? Do you still trust what he tries to indoctrinate with when he sends you messages? Why would you?

    1. And of course it must be pointed out the Kenyan Marxist NEVER lied?

    2. You keep saying that but you never list them, could it be that the statement isn’t truthful? By the way did you keep your healthcare and doctor? Millions lost theirs.

  5. On a recording reportedly made by Igor Fruman, Dear Leader can be heard saying “Take her out!”

    Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were in the President’s head by telling him the career foreign service officer, appointed by Ronald Regan, was “badmouthing” him in Kyiv.

    Fruman reportedly made the recording, which occurred at a small April 30, 2018 dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Dear Leader has trouble remembering lots of people that he has intimate relationships with.

    “Get rid of her!” “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.” King Donald The Loser

    Parnas reportedly told Trump on the recording that “the biggest problem there, I think where we need to start is we gotta get rid of the ambassador. She’s still left over from the Clinton administration.”

    1. And Obama took out every Bush appointed Ambassador because he had the right. Look it up its on you tube.

      1. Join the discussion…Hey Joey you will never convince total confuction about the truth. He is so ingrained in lies that he would know truth if it hit him in the ass and he is all jackass. The President has the RIGHT to replace any foreign service officer he wants to especially one that was appointed by obutticus (the nero wannabe).

  6. Investigating Biden’s son is not abuse of power. It is exactly what every President should do when someone greatly benefits from a family member’s position.
    This is especially true when the said person is not qualified for the position and dealing with a foreign power. Looks to me Ukraine supports a number of Democrats…what shall we find out???

    1. Then you should be aching to investigate the children of Dear Leader, right? Right, Deborah?

  7. Note that Gropin’ Joe found employment for Crackhead Hunter with Ukraine AND China. I wonder if he’s got any grandkids speaking Ukrainian or Chinese? Or maybe Hunter is only doing “Made In America” with strippers.

    1. Isn’t it interesting that Crack Head Hunter and his latest “girl friend” are now renting a $3.8 million house in the Hollywood Hills for $12,000 a month; BUT he can’t or won’t support his 1 year old son (by another girl friend) in Arkansas. Is he supporting his other three kids by his first wife?

  8. First it was the Russians. Then the Ukrainians. Now the Chinese. Who’s next? The Norks? Iran? Or *gasp* those dastardly Jews in Israel?

    I thought the Dims/Left were all about globalism? At least they are so in their conspiracies and collusion delusions.

  9. Question: is Nadler wearing a pillow? Given his garden-gnome stature that’s a hell of a boilermaker he’s pushing. Or is he pregnant?

    1. Now, now, ST. Nadler’s battle with obesity is only funny until it results in his keeling over…then it’ll be HILLARIOUS!!!!

      BTW, have you seen pictures of him from 20 years ago? What a f*ing bucket of grease!!!

  10. Well Phyllis, your demented boy – Shifty Schiff – LIED AGAIN. Seems the Alexander Hamilton statement he and Nadler TWISTED to suit their purpose and to imply he (Hamilton) was referring to impeachment was totally WRONG. The FACT is that Hamilton had sent a letter to President George Washington in 1792 regarding TAX POLICIES which had absolutely nothing to do with an impeachment of a President.

    Also another LIE (among MANY) was that Trump arranged the trade deal with China so he could ask China for help in the upcoming election.

    Do ALL of these D’RAT idiots lie awake at night and manufacture this unadulterated bullshit? Senator Mitch McConnell should shut this mess down at 1 PM on Saturday and send these carnival barkers back to their circus tents as the dimwits have shown their stupidity and there’s no real need for the President’s legal team to do anything but laugh hysterically!!

    1. Leave it to liars to quote out of context and lie about it. Yes, that Hamilton statement did come FIVE YEARS AFTER the Constitution was adapted.

  11. When Donald Trump says he’s innocent the Democrats accuse him of “obstructing justice….” When Trump wants to cross-examine a Democratic witness, or call his own witness, the Democrats accuse him of “obstructing justice….” Not to be to delicate…BULL SHIT…!?!?!

  12. confuction, you and your pals syphilis, michael (with a capital B) and baal paul are the scum of the Earth. You wouldn’t know the truth if it hit you in the ass and you are all ass, jackass. Keep pushing your lies and let’s see what happens. You and the whole of your communist party would not exist except for those who believe your lies and deceit and that says a lot about the intelligence of your party members. You belong with that exclusive membership of “useful idiots” of lenin’s time. Your lies will not get President Trump removed from office. So what kind of hate, lies and violence are you planning now. By the way, parnas and vindman have been proven to be total liars just like the rest of the demonrat/communists.

    1. Their anti-American “club” is the Socialist mob whose goal is Communism.

  13. On a recording reportedly made by Igor Fruman, Dear Leader can be heard saying “Take her out!”

    Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were in the President’s head by telling him the career foreign service officer, appointed by Ronald Regan, was “badmouthing” him in Kyiv.

    Fruman reportedly made the recording, which occurred at a small April 30, 2018 dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Dear Leader has trouble remembering lots of people that he has intimate relationships with.

    “Get rid of her!” “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.” King Donald The Loser

    Parnas reportedly told Trump on the recording that “the biggest problem there, I think where we need to start is we gotta get rid of the ambassador. She’s still left over from the Clinton administration.”

    1. So effing what? The ambassadors serve at the whim of President!!! He can fire any ambassador anytime he wants for whatever reason he wants! He IS the head of state!!!

      This ambassador was ALL about protecting the Democrat’s money laundering scheme. She even gave Ukrainian officials a “Do not prosecute list” naming connected Ukrainian players involved in the schemes including those involved with Burisma.

  14. When I hear the background behind the courts recent decisions on the FISA warrant, and the Burisma, Ukraine, Biden affiliation accusations, and recall all the dirt with the CIA, FBI and a Russian Investigation and the corruption of ALL Obama holdovers. I just can’t help believing the only way this will EVER be settled is to expose EVERYTHING. Put EVERYTHING and EVERYONE involved on the witness stand. Schiff, Joe and Hunter Biden are at the forefront of this impeachment, and NO, NOTHING has be “DEBUNKED” regarding those relationships and statements Joe made in public and on Video. There has not been an investigation into this matter which is one of the reasons I believe Trump should NOT be impeached, because even if he asked Ukraine to investigate….it never happened. he head of all this is the lies Schiff has told and he would be witness #1, the whistleblower #2, Joe #3 and Hunter #4.

    Without exposing EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING, it won’t matter if Trump is re-elected! This Bull Shit is just going to get worse in his next 4 years!

  15. Reading the comments below makes me think that somebody spiked the punchbowl.

  16. Love the photo of Tweedledum and his brother Tweedledipschiff.

  17. Can’t believe how fat Nonads Nadler is—-he is a heart attack in process.

  18. Biden is in no way a political threat to Trump however Biden should be impeached for his role of abuse of power bribery and extortion in his getting the Ukraine prosecutor fired and yes he can still be impeached as well as Obama for knowledge and letting it happen if the democrats want to see obstruction they should look at themselves

  19. Democrats have shown the country and the world, that they are filthy lying scum, who have abused their powers of elected office in order to over turn the 2016 election. An election they never conceded defeat in, and have continually tried to over turn since Donald Trump won and became President of the United States. I can not believe that there is no mechanism in the constitution or in law that does not address this kind of blatant abuse of power by the Democrats. When will Republicans fight back and have the Democrats answer for their crimes, and pay the price for committing them?

  20. If the Dems succeed in this sham impeachment you will see millions of people overruning our borders. Put QUID PRO JOE ON THE STAND HE IS AS DIRTY AS THEY COME……..

    1. No Mike Pence takes over and he won’t let that happen

  21. Anything that the democRATs ask for under the name of “fairness” should be automatically, categorically and summarily denied. Here’s why: no matter how many concessions the Republicans give them, it is a forgone conclusion that the democRATs will cry “unfair” any time and every time they fail to get their way; therefore, as long as it remains absolutely guaranteed that we WILL suffer the accusations, we might just as well enjoy the guilt! The only reply we should ever give them when they accuse us of unfairness is, “Life isn’t fair.”.
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    Richard William Faith
    central Florida

  22. Every time the DimWitDems open their Lying Mouths , American see them for what they are. They have proven THEY ARE THE ENEMY of our nation and it’s people !!

  23. So the Democrats are charging President Trump with interfering with their coup attempt to overthrow him???

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