Impeachment trial winds down

Republicans succeed in blocking new evidence and witnesses, virtually ensuring President Trump's acquittal. The final vote will occur Wednesday afternoon.

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February 4, 2020 - 11:05 AM

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) discusses the Senate impeachment trial at a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 30, in Washington, D.C. Photo by (Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s lawyers and House impeachment managers issued their closing arguments Monday, with Democrats arguing the Senate has a “duty” to convict Trump and the president’s legal team saying senators would “vindicate” the right to vote by leaving the matter to voters in November.

With Trump’s acquittal all but assured on Wednesday, both parties did their best to limit defections from their side of the aisle and pick off votes from the other.

“Is there one among you who will say: ‘Enough’?” asked Rep. Adam B. Schiff, telling GOP senators that even a single vote for conviction from one of them would make an important statement.

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