Trump Defense Team Finishes Opening Arguments in Impeachment Trial

January 28, 2020 - 10:13 am

On Tuesday afternoon, the White House defense team continued and finished their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial.

Monday afternoon was the second day for the White House defense team to deliver their opening arguments in defense of President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's defense team brought its opening arguments to the Senate floor for the first time in the ongoing impeachment trial against the president on Saturday morning, reported CNN.

The session came after three long days of arguments from House Democratic impeachment managers, arguing that the president abused his power in talks with the Ukraine and obstructed Congress.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone concluded the remarks with a closing statement.

"We ask you out of respect to think about," Cipollone began, "think about whether what you've heard would really suggest to anybody anything other that would be completely irresponsible abuse of power to do what they're asking you to do. To stop an election, to interfere in an election and remove the President of the United States from the ballot? Let the people decide for themselves."

Although the president's defense team was tight-lipped about their line of reasoning prior to Saturday's opening argument, they hit on points they were expected to, including the claim that there was no quid pro quo with Ukraine.

The team of seven Democratic House impeachment managers are acting as prosecutors in the third-ever impeachment trial of an American president. They began making their arguments Wednesday.

The defense for Trump will also have up to three days and 24 hours to present their opening arguments.

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