Jan 24, 2020

Trump worries about TV ratings for his impeachment defense

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President Trump expressed frustration on Twitter over the fact that his "lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V."

Why it matters: The White House originally pushed for opening arguments to last two days instead of three. Even if Trump's lawyers only use half of the time they're allotted, they'll likely split it up over at least two days — in part because of TV ratings, reports Axios' Alayna Treene. "No one wants to watch this on their Saturday."

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Trump impeachment team looks at shorter trial defense

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley and Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow return from a dinner recess Thursday night at the Senate impeachment trial. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump's team is considering using just a portion of the 24 hours they're given for arguments in his impeachment trial.

Why it matters: A truncated defense would likely reflect a decision not to contest facts or defend Trump point by point, but rather to try to diminish the legitimacy of Democrats' overall case and end the trial as quickly as possible.

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The daily highlights from Trump's Senate impeachment trial

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The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump is set to wrap up on Wednesday with a final on whether or not to remove him from office.

The big picture: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got the speedy, no-witness trial he wanted. Republicans officially have the votes to acquit Trump, according to a Politico analysis of public statements.

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Trump impeachment trial recap, day 11: Closing arguments conclude

Rep. Adam Schiff at closing arguments. Photo: Senate Television via Getty Images

House managers and President Trump's defense team presented their closing arguments on Monday during the 11th day of the president's Senate impeachment trial.

The state of the play: The four hours of closing arguments were more for show than meant to change any minds, as Trump is all but certain to be acquitted on Wednesday.