Jan 20, 2020

House impeachment managers call on Senate to "conduct a fair trial"

The House impeachment managers on Jan. 16. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The House's impeachment managers on Monday responded to the White House's legal argument against impeachment, saying "[t]he House denies each and every allegation."

Why it matters: The managers called on the Senate to "conduct a fair trial—fair for President Trump, and fair for the American people" by requiring the president to turn over relevant documents and hearing from witnesses, "as it has done in every impeachment trial in American history." The Senate trial begins

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White House: Impeachment articles are "an affront to the Constitution"

Donald Trump on Jan. 19. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Monday has asked the Senate to “swiftly reject” the articles of impeachment against President Trump, calling them "an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions."

Why it matters: The 110-page legal brief is the first glimpse into the president's defense strategy. In it his lawyers argue that neither of the two articles is valid because they do not constitute a violation of the law and only punish the president for expressing his constitutional powers.

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Pelosi slams McConnell trial rules as "deliberately designed to hide the truth"

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed in a statement Tuesday that the rules Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has proposed for President Trump's impeachment trial diverge from the Clinton precedent and show he has "chosen a cover-up" over a fair trial.

Context: McConnell made public an organizing resolution Monday laying out the terms for the trial, which include 24 hours over two days for each side to present their cases. It would block evidence discovered in the House impeachment investigation from being presented without a separate vote, and it would delay a vote on whether to subpoena witnesses and documents until later in the trial.

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Adam Schiff: GOP "deathly afraid" of impeachment trial witnesses

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that Republican senators are "deathly afraid of what witnesses will have to say" in President Trump's impeachment trial and have made it their goal to "deprive the public of a fair trial."

Why it matters: Democrats have made admitting additional witnesses — specifically former national security adviser John Bolton — the focus of their strategy to convince Republican senators to vote for Trump's removal.

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