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WATCH LIVE: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 5

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's lawyers have opened their impeachment trial defense by asserting that he "did absolutely nothing wrong" when he asked Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Joe Biden.

They accused Democratic prosecutors of omitting key evidence when they presented their case.

The president's lawyers are pushing the Republican-led chamber for his impeachment acquittal on charges he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

Trump's legal team plans an aggressive defense that will assert an expansive view of presidential powers and portray him as besieged by opponents determined to undo the results of the 2016 election and to ensure his defeat this November

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lead House prosecutor Adam Schiff had Republicans paying close attention to his carefully crafted remarks in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Then he mentioned a CBS News report that a Trump confidant has told wavering Republicans if they voted against the president, they'd have their heads on a "pike."

Republicans were incensed, including key moderates whose votes on the two articles of impeachment aren't known.

Schiff had the chamber rapt with most of his closing remarks, when he said keeping Trump in office would be a wound from which the nation wouldn't recover.

No Republican has confirmed the warning report.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court doesn't have a public comment line for its own work, much less the Senate's.

That hasn't stopped a fair number of social media users from urging people to call Chief Justice John Roberts at the Supreme Court to demand a fair trial or ask for witnesses or tell him to control the Senate.

The messages seem to be mainly from people who support the impeachment and removal from office of President Donald Trump. Roberts is presiding over the Senate trial.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic House prosecutors are launching their final arguments on obstruction charges at Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

They argued Thursday that he abused his presidential power in his Ukraine dealings and should be convicted because "right matters."

Now they're addressing the second article of impeachment, which says Trump improperly blocked Congress' investigation of his actions.

The president's legal team is preparing its defense, expected to start Saturday.

Trump bemoaned the schedule in a morning tweet, saying it "looks like my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V."

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic House prosecutors have made an expansive argument at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a "completely bogus" theory about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

The Democrats say that led Trump to demand that Ukraine investigate his rival Joe Biden -- while he withheld crucial military aid as leverage.

On Friday, the Democrats will press their final day of arguments before skeptical Republican senators on the other charge against the president, obstruction of Congress. Lead prosecutor Adam Schiff told senators in a late night speech, "Right matters."

Trump's defense team is waiting its turn, which will come Saturday.

WBNG Staff

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