Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment

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The House's prosecution team - seven impeachment managers led by Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff - will have the option to respond to Mr Trump's initial legal arguments before the Senate reconvenes tomorrow for the trial. In the Senate, only a handful of Republican lawmakers have suggested they would not simply support his exoneration. "President Trump's abuse of power requires his conviction and removal from office".

It was, the document added, "a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election, now just months away".

"This is preposterous that this would not be an impeachable offense - that the standard in America is now that a president can abuse their power to help them in elections", Booker said on "This Week".

Trump also rejected allegations that he obstructed Congress by withholding documents or preventing witnesses, including his former and current advisors, from testifying.

Rejecting the charges, Trump's lawyers reiterated the president's insistence, echoed by many of his fellow Republicans in Congress, that the charges are nothing more than a partisan attempt to remove him from office, a "dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president".

New information from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, is being incorporated in the House case.

Trump was impeached on December 18 by the House of Representatives over a phone call he made in July in which he asked the Ukrainian government to conduct an investigation into Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

"If we call one witness, we're going to call all the witnesses", said Graham.

Dershowitz, who described himself as a liberal Democrat who voted against Trump, said if he makes his argument persuasively, the issue of abuse of power won't even emerge in the Senate trial.

"I don't know what more we need until I've been given the base case", Murkowski said. The claim rests on Dershowitz's belief that abuse of power is not among the "high crimes and misdemeanors" for which a president can be impeached.

The President's legal team will be led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Mr Trump's private attorney Jay Sekulow.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given the House until Saturday and the White House counsel until Monday to deliver trial briefs outlining their arguments, allowing a House deadline for rebuttal the following day. Starr and Dershowitz would have "discrete functions" on the legal team, according to those close to the legal team, who were not authorized to discuss the strategy by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Unless he is removed from office, he will continue to endanger our national security, jeopardize the integrity of our elections, and undermine our core constitutional principles". Trump said that he "acted with extraordinary and unprecedented transparency" by releasing the transcripts of both calls that triggered the impeachment probe in the first place, while calling Democratic subpoenas "unconstitutional" and noting that his aids "are absolutely immune from completed testimony" in line with bipartisan practice of previous administrations.

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