House managers and Trump defense take questions in impeachment trial: Live coverage #2
After six days of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, senators now get the chance to ask questions. Questions are submitted in writing to be read by Chief Justice John Roberts, with answers generally limited to five minutes.
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 · 7:33:15 PM +00:00
Stabenow asks the House managers to correct “falsehoods” in the Trump team’s arguments.
Zoe Lofgren takes this fat pitch. Moves back again to the discussion of how Zelensky demonstrated that he was resistant to Trump’s demands until it was clear that assistance wasn’t coming. That point was one of the best that was developed in the Senate trial.
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 · 7:35:49 PM +00:00
Next question is to the Trump team to ask if the House tried to sue about executive privilege over the Christmas break while the articles were waiting for delivery to the Senate. Which … that’s kind of a pointless question, because not only does everyone know the answer, nothing about it has any connection to the case.
Philbin — who has still taken every swing except for a pop-up by Dershowitz — clearly thinks so as well, because he’s just repeating what he said in response to another question about subpoenas.
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 · 7:44:04 PM +00:00
House managers given the chance to address the “overturn the election” argument from Team Trump.
Schiff takes this one—after first pointing out that the single case Trump’s team just called “pretty fast” has been in the courts for nine months and is still multiple steps away from a decision.
Schiff: “By definition if you’re impeaching a president that president is in office and has won an election. … Impeachment was put in the Constitution not as a punishment, but to protect the country.” Schiff effectively shredding the idea that you can’t impeach “close to the election” or in the first term.
Schiff also doing a terrific job in identifying the damage Trump did in withholding aid and pushing Russian conspiracy theories.
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 · 7:47:17 PM +00:00
Trump’s team gets another chance to beat up on the House and play to the Senate with a you don’t need to hear witnesses, because dealing with important Senate stuff.
It’s clear this is one of the real “closing arguments” for the Republican side: The Senate is too important to waste it’s time discovering facts. The House needs to do all the work and deliver the case wrapped in a bow. Philbin again delivering the Trump would demand a “long list of witnesses” that would cause things to “drag on for months” threat.
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 · 7:55:15 PM +00:00
Next to the House side, is an opportunity to smack down exactly the “witnesses would take too long” question.
Hakeem Jeffries gets the chance to take this slam dunk. Points out that the House took up to five depositions a week. Restates the scope of Trump’s crimes. Jeffries knocking this one out of the park in his details and delivery. “This. Is. A. Trial.” A top notch job in bringing the historical facts, as well as the importance of witnesses.
I do wish we would get back to how Roberts can expedite challenges.
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 · 7:56:28 PM +00:00
And Trump’s team gets to … sigh … once again talk to issues of Trump’s executive privilege. This is at least the third time already that Philbin has had an opportunity to make claims about how Trump can shut everyone up.
If you’ve been waiting for a coffee break, consider this it.