President Donald Trump's legal team will make their final case as to why he should not be removed from office as the Senate impeachment trial enters its seventh day. On Monday, (January 27) White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, spent eight hours trying to undermine the Democrat's case, accusing them of waging a politically motivated impeachment with no direct evidence proving Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in exchange for a public investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.
"Not a single witness testified the president himself said that there was any connection between any investigation and security assistance, a presidential meeting, or anything else," Sekulow said.
Trump's lawyers waited until the end of the day to comment on a New York Times report that John Bolton claimed that the president told him he was withholding military aid until Ukraine announced a corruption investigation into the Bidens. The news sparked numerous calls to have Bolton testify, but Alan Dershowitz tried to downplay the report.
"If a president, any president, were to have done what the Times reported about the content of the Bolton manuscript, that would not constitute an impeachable offense. Let me repeat: nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power or an impeachable offense," Dershowitz said.
Once Trump's team is finished with their opening arguments, Senators will have two days to ask questions. After they are done asking questions, they will discuss whether to call new witnesses to testify or subpoena new documents in the case.
If the Senate chooses not call any new witnesses, they could hold a vote as early as Friday on whether to remove Trump from office.
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