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Senate impeachment trial against President Trump begins

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff, is taking a conciliatory tone at President Donald Trump's Senate trial.

That comes after Chief Justice John Roberts had admonished House prosecutors and Trump's defense team for using language late during the opening day of the trial that Roberts said was "not conducive to civil discourse."

Roberts' comments came around 1 a.m. Wednesday after another impeachment manager, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, charged that White House lawyers were lying.

Trump's defense team responded that Nadler should be embarrassed and should apologize to the president and the American people.

Roberts is presiding over only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The defense in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial may sound very similar to the defense in the first impeachment case in American history.

Back in 1868, a lawyer for President Andrew Johnson argued that Johnson couldn't be removed from office because Johnson hadn't committed a crime.

Today, one of Trump's lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, is planning to argue at Trump's trial that impeachment requires "criminal-like conduct."

But legal scholars dispute the idea that the Founding Fathers ever intended for impeachable offenses to require proof of a crime.

Historians also are skeptical about crediting this argument with securing Johnson's narrow acquittal.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he wants top aides to testify in his Senate impeachment trial, but he qualifies that by suggesting there are "national security" concerns that will keep that from happening.

Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday at a global economic forum in Davos, Switzerland. Senate Republicans have for now blocked Democratic motions to immediately call witnesses and subpoena documents.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved rules for Trump's trial on two articles of impeachment.

Democrats failed to persuade Republicans to agree to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses, though those matters can be revisited later.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is claiming he wants top aides to testify in his Senate impeachment trial, but he qualifies that by suggesting there are "national security" concerns about allowing their testimony.

Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday at a global economic forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Senate Republicans have for now blocked Democratic motions to immediately call witnesses and subpoena documents.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved rules for Trump's trial on two articles of impeachment.

Democrats failed to persuade Republicans to agree to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses, though those matters can be revisited later

Associated Press

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