By | Rachel Brooks
Contributor | Telegraph Local
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As Donald Trump’s impeachment trial continues, Adam Schiff lays out 10 key points he alleges prove the president acted in self-interest in regards to Ukraine. Citing the Guardian live, Adam Schiff is quoted as saying this,
“There is no evidence that Trump cared one wit about anti-corruption efforts at all.”
Schiff alleges that Trump’s actions have made clear that Trump’s Ukrainian interests in corruption only reached as far as they could help to rig his re-election prospects.
Outside the trial chamber, the Guardian reports that Trump has been attacking Democrats on entitlements. He posted this to his Twitter,
“Democrats are going to destroy your Social Security. I have totally left it alone, as promised, and will save it!
Trump implied that his administration was considering cuts to entitlement benefits in previous interviews over his term, citing MSNBC. Today, he has publicly claimed his Democratic opponents are the biggest threat to these entitlements.
Trump said this specifically about the prospect of entitlement cuts,
“At the right time, we will take a look at that. You know, that’s actually the easiest of all things, if you look.”
In the last hour, Schiff wrapped up his arguments. He turned over the microphone to Zoe Lofgren. Lofgren’s argument was followed up by Demings’ argument.
The New York Times reports that the Democratic arguments will continue to use Trump’s own words against him. Trump is nowhere near the Capitol, as of the most recent update. His words are being taken from the public record. So that, at “several points on Thursday” the House members who are prosecuting the articles of impeachment have used video clips of Mr. Trump’s previous statements. They use these as material evidence for the pressure campaign in Ukraine that would have if successful, triggered investigations into the Bidens.
Likewise, the New York Times made note that Republicans used the Democratic arguments against their own words. During Representative Sylvia R. Garcia’s argument, she made this statement,
“Common sense will tell us that this allegation against Joe Biden is false,”
She made this claim as part of her defense that Trump’s alleged inquiry into the Bidens was completely baseless.
The Republicans were quick to pounce on this assertion. The legal defense stated that Trump’s actions were not corrupt because his interest was merely to root out the corruption in Ukraine.
Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, made this statement,
“They have opened the door. It’s now relevant.”
Trump supporters likewise took to Twitter to defend the president against this assertion.
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri made this comment,
“WOW, House managers make extended argument that Hunter Biden’s work w/ Burisma entirely appropriate & no conflict of interest w/ Joe Biden getting rid of prosecutor that had jurisdiction over Burisma. If we call witnesses, gonna need to hear from both Bidens”
Mr. Hawley did not appear aware, based on his comment, that the Senate has rejected the prospect of calling the Bidens to the witness stand. The Bidens are considered irrelevant witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
Sekulow also argues that “nothing has changed” since the Democrats began to present their arguments today. If this is the case, then we can infer that the opinion on a Biden testimony is unlikely to change.