"He could release the aid or break the law. He chose to break the law," House impeachment manager Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said at day 3 of Trump's Senate impeachment trial.
The big picture: Democrats have roughly 8 hours remaining over the next two days to lay out their case against Trump's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
This item will be updated with the latest developments as the trial continues.
What to watch for: The biggest news will likely happen off the floor as senators signal how they're reacting to the trial and the potential to allow witnesses. On the floor, Democratic House managers will continue slowly and methodically to build their case, focusing on the abuse of power article.
- House impeachment manager Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) pointed to phone calls made between Lev Parnas and Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as evidence of Giuliani keeping the president "informed about what was going on" regarding an alleged pressure campaign on Ukraine.
- Flashback: Parnas told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last week that "President Trump knew exactly what was going on. He was aware of all my movements. ... I wouldn't do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president."
- Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) invoked Parnas' recently released notes, arguing they insinuated that the announcement of a Biden investigation was Trump's precondition for Ukrainian officials, not necessarily an actual investigation.
- House impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) spent her part of today's presentation debunking the Trump administration's position that the Biden family was engaged in corruption in Ukraine. She argued that "Trump didn't care about any of this until 2019" — when Biden looked like a 2020 frontrunner.
- "The evidence against Donald Trump is hiding in plain sight," House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) argued.
The other side: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) latched onto Garcia's presentations about the Bidens, stating on Twitter that it would require both Joe and Hunter Biden to be called as witnesses. He told reporters that he was "surprised" that Democrats made it so central to their early presentation.
- Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) characterized impeaching Trump as a political act as extreme as "the death sentence" when speaking with reporters Thursday, saying that he doesn't think the case for impeachment has been made so far.
From the floor:
- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) distributed several fidget spinners to GOP colleagues on the Senate floor before Thursday's proceedings began, per NBC News.
- Senate public galleries held nearly 200 people listening on Thursday, per the New York Times.
What you need to know:
- The highlights from all of the public impeachment hearings
- Trump-Ukraine scandal: The key players, dates and documents
- Fact check ... What Joe and Hunter Biden actually did in Ukraine