Monday, February 3, 2020

President Trump, Democrats Press Their Case as Impeachment Nears Its End

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Likely acquittal this week has the president looking ahead to November
An emboldened President Trump turned his focus Sunday to his re-election bid, arguing a growing economy would help him in November, as Democrats’ lead impeachment manager vowed to press for the president’s removal even as the Senate is virtually certain to acquit him.
“It was all nonsense,” Mr. Trump said of impeachment during a Fox News interview. “It’s a very serious thing. It should never happen to another president.”
In a separate television appearance, Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) said that in closing arguments in the impeachment trial Monday, Democrats would continue pressing to remove Mr. Trump from office over his Ukraine pressure campaign.
“It’s enormously important that the country understand exactly what this president did,” Mr. Schiff said. The Senate should remove Mr. Trump from office, Mr. Schiff said, “because he is threatening to still cheat in the next election by soliciting foreign interference.”
The televised comments by Messrs. Trump and Schiff came just ahead of the Iowa caucuses Monday, the State of the Union address Tuesday and the expected acquittal of Mr. Trump by Senate Republicans on Wednesday. They also came as new polling showed voters’ views of him were little-changed by his impeachment.
LINK: Trump's Iowa caucus
In Iowa, site of the nation’s first presidential nominating contest, Democratic contenders were crisscrossing the state trying to appeal to the many voters who have said they would make their choice based on who they think has the best chance to unseat the Republican president in November.
“I just want Trump out,” said Sandy Suplee, a 58-year-old laborer from Pella, Iowa. She said she would set aside her personal preferences among the candidates to support former Vice President Joe Biden, whom she believes has the best odds of winning.
For Trump supporter Susan Ohnysty, a 60-year-old in West Des Moines, impeachment was a “waste of time,” adding that the articles of impeachment “were not meeting the standards of a high crime.”
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