President calls impeachment proceedings a large-scale interference in upcoming elections
US President Donald Trump said Sunday that his lawyers «ripped to shreds» arguments of Democrats demanding to convict him under articles of impeachment and remove him from office.
A day after his lawyers began presenting defense arguments for the president in the Senate proceedings, Trump wrote in «Twitter»: «Fabricated impeachment – This is a large-scale election interference like no other in history».
He attacked the Democratic chief prosecutor, Congressman Adam Schiff, calling him «a corrupt politician and probably a very sick person».
«He hasn’t paid yet for what he has done to our country!» – added Trump.
Speaking on NBC, Adam Schiff said he believed Trump’s words were a deliberate threat..
«This is an angry and vengeful president; I don’t think there is any doubt about it»,– said Schiff. «And if you believe there is, then look at the president’s tweets about me today, which says I have to pay.», – continued the legislator.
Trump’s trial will resume Monday, as his lawyers continue to convince senators that the president did nothing wrong when he asked the Ukrainian authorities last July to open an investigation into one of the main contenders in the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden..
Trump accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress efforts to investigate his Ukraine-related activities.
White House Legal Counsel Pat Sipollone began presenting arguments for Trump on Saturday. He stated that the president’s defense is convinced that the charges brought by the Democrats in the House of Representatives «don’t even come close» under the concept «serious crimes or misconduct», which the Constitution sets as the standard for impeachment and removal from office.
Sipollone and other Trump lawyers said they would now expand their defenses and specifically focus on why they believe Trump’s request to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company, there was nothing wrong.
Earlier, Democrats presented their arguments for three days..
«The evidence against the president is irrefutable», – said one of the House of Representatives impeachment managers, Congresswoman Val Demings, speaking on the program «This week» on ABC channel.
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who is part of Trump’s advocacy group, told Fox News that he would insist that «legally constitutional» there are no arguments in favor of impeachment of Trump. He stated that the offenses for which the president is accused, «must be crimes». This claim is disputed by experts supporting Trump’s impeachment in the House of Representatives and his conviction in the Senate..
Following the Q&A session, Democrats are expected to resume efforts to persuade the Senate to vote to summon key witnesses familiar with Trump’s actions..
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However, Republicans oppose calling witnesses and requesting additional documents, and instead hope to acquit Trump by the end of the coming week, a few days before his annual report to Congress. «On the state of affairs in the country», scheduled for 4 February.
In a situation where Republicans have a 53-seat majority in the 100-seat Senate, Democrats will need four Republican votes to get witnesses to be called and documents submitted, but so far they have not received such assurances..
If Democratic attempts at witness and paperwork fail, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could quickly move to a two-Articles of Impeachment vote, and Trump will almost certainly be acquitted as it takes two-thirds of the vote to remove him from office. Until no Republican called for his removal.