Impeachment Day 2 – Schiff Finally Wraps up Opening Statement
(UnitedVoice.com) – Wednesday marked the second day of the Senate’s impeachment trial, which included a long-winded opening argument from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and lots of accusations from other House prosecutors.
Schiff started the day by addressing an issue that many Republicans and American citizens have been talking about; allowing the American people to decide Trump’s fate during the election in November. He made the argument that “The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box because we cannot be assured the vote will be fairly won.” Schiff believes that Trump’s alleged attempt at getting Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son is a form of cheating in the election.
One of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, told reporters that the accusation is one of the many they’ll rebut when it’s the defense’s turn to speak, which probably won’t be until Saturday.
Reps. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) also spoke today, covering what they claim was a smear campaign by Rudy Giuliani against Marie Yovanovitch, who was the US ambassador to Ukraine while Giuliani was allegedly trying to get information on Biden and his son.
A topic that House prosecutors kept going back to during the 8 hours of the trial was the pressure that Trump and Giuliani kept putting on Ukraine to provide them with the information they wanted on Hunter Biden. Referencing testimony from Ambassador Bill Taylor, David Holmes and Gordon Sondland, Schiff tried to prove that the diplomats were concerned with the thought of withholding aid in exchange for information.
Shortly before the trial ended for the day, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters that today’s presentation made it “critical” that Hunter Biden testify. Adding that, “I think the House managers made a very serious strategic error today.”
Before leaving the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Trump spoke to reporters about the trial, saying, “We’re doing very well. I thought our team did a very good job. But honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material.”
The second article of impeachment was for obstruction of Congress: covering up witnesses and documents from the American people.
This morning the President not only confessed to it, he bragged about it:
"Honestly, we have all the material. They don't have the material." pic.twitter.com/DPAEFHIDjS
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) January 22, 2020
One person took this as an admission of guilt. House manager Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), tweeted out a video of Trump’s comment and claimed he was admitting that he’s guilty of obstruction of Congress.
The Dems are obviously grasping at straws trying to prove that Trump is guilty.
The president did tweet throughout the day, usually re-posting comments of support. He wrote one tweet that was directed at Schiff. While the Representative was talking about Trump’s attempt to pressure Ukraine, Trump tweeted a simple statement, “NO PRESSURE.”
What to Expect on Day 3
Democrats still have about 16 hours left to present their case over the next two days. On Thursday, they’re expected to start laying out the evidence, look at the constitutional aspects of impeachment and analyze the first charge against President Trump.
Stay tuned for our next update after the conclusion of day three of the impeachment trial.
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