Thursday, January 23, 2020

Empty Seats, Alyssa Milano and Other News From Today’s Trial

Democratic House managers are making their opening arguments for President Donald Trump’s removal in the historic trial.
Here are the most noteworthy moments from the second day of the trial
>Schumer says Hunter Biden-John Bolton witness trade is ‘off the table
>Brad Parscale says trial fires up Trump's supporters
>21 Republican state AGs back Trump's defense
>Emails show confusion over Ukraine aid freeze
>Trump basks in impeachment battle in Davos
This story will continue to be updated. Keep scrolling for other recent highlights. 
Democrats use dozens of video clips:
During the 1999 impeachment trial of Bill Clinton, the House Republican managers used video presentations just 16 times during their opening arguments. But on Wednesday alone, House Democrats had aired at least 50 video clips.
The clips included public testimony from the dozen witnesses who appeared before House impeachment investigators last year, in addition to Trump's own words in media interviews and impromptu press conferences at the White House. Most frequently aired was William Taylor, the former top American diplomat in Kyiv, who was featured on-screen more than 10 times.
Last week, Democrats were worried that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might decline to permit video displays during Trump’s trial — it required a special Senate resolution to allow video equipment on the Senate floor. But McConnell ultimately offered a resolution governing the trial that included the language used in the 1999 trial of Bill Clinton
Sekulow says White House team hasn’t made decision on witnesses:
President Donald Trump’s legal defender, Jay Sekulow, said Wednesday night that the White House legal team has not made any determinations on witnesses that they might call because they still don’t know enough about the Democratic House managers’ case.
“This will be a decision that the Senate makes, but we’re prepared for any way it goes. We’re ready to go,” he said.
The managers began their opening arguments on Wednesday afternoon and set to lay out their case for removing Trump from office over three days.
Democrats have pushed for weeks to allow witnesses to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial, including former national security adviser John Bolton.
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