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WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic House prosecutors are launching their final arguments on obstruction charges at Donald Trump's impeachment trial. They argued Thursday that he abused his presidential power in his Ukraine dealings and should be convicted because "right matters." Now they're addressing the second article of impeachment, which says Trump improperly blocked Congress' investigation of his actions. The president's legal team is preparing its defense, expected to start Saturday. Trump bemoaned the schedule in a morning tweet, saying it "looks like my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V."


WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic House prosecutors have made an expansive argument at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a "completely bogus" theory about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

The Democrats say that led Trump to demand that Ukraine investigate his rival Joe Biden -- while he withheld crucial military aid as leverage. On Friday, the Democrats will press their final day of arguments before skeptical Republican senators on the other charge against the president, obstruction of Congress. Lead prosecutor Adam Schiff told senators in a late night speech, "Right matters." Trump's defense team is waiting its turn, which will come Saturday.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats are saying that "no president" has ever abused power the way President Donald Trump did toward Ukraine.

They're making their case as they press into the second day of arguments in Trump's historic impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.

They scoffed at Trump's claims that he had good reasons for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political foes.

They say there is "no evidence, nothing, nada" to suggest former Vice President Joe Biden did anything improper.

The long hours in back-to-back days of proceedings have left some senators yawning, stretching and pacing.

Each side has 24 hours over three days to make its case.


Day 3

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats prosecuting President Donald Trump's impeachment trial are preparing for a second day of arguments.

Democrats alleging a "corrupt scheme" by Trump involving Ukraine are trying to win over not just fidgety senators but an American public deeply divided by the Republican president's actions.

Prosecutors are relying on the same loops of videotaped testimony after Trump's allies in the Republican-controlled Senate blocked new witnesses.

The repetition and the long hours in back-to-back days of proceedings have left some senators yawning, stretching and pacing. Each side has 24 hours over three days to make its case.

Trump's defense team is eager for its turn, likely to begin Saturday.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Opening arguments began Wednesday in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial as House prosecutors outlined his "corrupt scheme" to abuse power and obstruct Congress.

They faced the challenge of making the case before a skeptical Republican-held Senate. with proceedings now on a fast track.

First up: Democratic House managers are making their case that Trump abused his presidential power and should be removed from office.

Trump himself said on Wednesday he wants top aides to testify, but he qualified that by suggesting that "national security" concerns will keep that from happening.

Republicans have for now blocked Democratic motions to immediately call witnesses and subpoena documents.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has begun hearing opening arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with proceedings now on a fast track.

First up: Democratic House managers are making their case that Trump abused his presidential power and should be removed from office.

Trump himself said on Wednesday he wants top aides to testify, but he qualified that by suggesting that "national security" concerns will keep that from happening.

Republicans have for now blocked Democratic motions to immediately call witnesses and subpoena documents.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved rules for Trump's rapid trial on two articles of impeachment.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is claiming he wants top aides to testify in his Senate impeachment trial, but he qualifies that by suggesting there are "national security" concerns about allowing their testimony.

Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday at a global economic forum in Davos, Switzerland. Senate Republicans have for now blocked Democratic motions to immediately call witnesses and subpoena documents.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved rules for Trump's trial on two articles of impeachment. Democrats failed to persuade Republicans to agree to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses, though those matters can be revisited later.

Associated Press

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