Crimes? Impeachment prosecutors, defense lay out arguments


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January 20, 2020 - 9:38 AM

From left, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrive to the Senate chamber for impeachment proceedings Thursday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s defense team and the prosecutors of his impeachment are laying out their arguments over whether his conduct toward Ukraine warrants his removal from office.

Trump’s lawyers on Sunday previewed their impeachment defense with the questionable assertion that the charges against him are invalid, adopting a position rejected by Democrats as “nonsense.”

The trial resumes on Tuesday with what could be a fight over the ground rules. By then, both sides will have submitted briefs and four Democratic presidential candidates will have been forced back to Washington from the early nominating states to join every other senator in silence, sans phones, on the Senate floor.

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