Graham Says ‘Abuse of Power’ Allegations Could Damage Office of Presidency


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The brief also accuses Trump of "intimidation tactics" against the witnesses who did appear, as well as "sustained attacks" on the intelligence community whistleblower who filed a complaint about Trump's actions regarding Ukraine.

Tuesday begins with opening arguments by the House managers, as they're called, a discussion that could span several days, depending on a debate over rules that could take up some time.

In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation", the top GOP senator ripped the Democratic-led impeachment of President Donald Trump over his dealings with Ukraine.

"The vote was to impeach on abuse of power which is not within the constitutional criteria for impeachment and obstruction of Congress", he continued. He is implicated of misuse of power and blockage ofCongress He has actually refuted misbehavior and branded the situation versus him as a "hoax".

On Wednesday evening they were transmitted to the Senate by the seven impeachment managers, which were announced earlier that morning by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Wallace said: "That directly contradicts what you said as a Republican House impeachment manager in 1999 during the Clinton impeachment trial".

They also called for Trump's removal in order to safeguard the integrity of the 2020 USA general election, in which Trump is seeking re-election, as well as the US system of government.

In response to the second obstruction article in Congress, Trump's legal team said the administration "had responded appropriately to these subpoenas and identified their constitutional flaws".

While the Republican-led Senate is extremely unlikely to convict Trump on the two articles approved by the House, his defense lawyers and the House prosecutors have another important audience: The American people weighing Trump's re-election.

"This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election - now just months away", they argued in

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Trump denies the charges and has called the impeachment proceedings a "sham", "hoax", and "witch hunt". The Senate, controlled by the Republican Party of Trump, will decide to condemn him and dismiss him from office.

Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz will be assisting the president.

What did the Democrats say?

"The case against the president of the United States is simple, the facts are indisputable and the evidence is overwhelming", they said.

"Why are they doing this to me", the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly.

Hunter worked for a Ukrainian company when Joe Biden was United States vice-president.

It also included a finding on Thursday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) that Trump broke the law when he withheld military aid that Congress had designated for Ukraine.

The two high-profile lawyers were reportedly brought in after the President complained that his defence team lacked trial experience and "star power".

The first article charged Trump with abuse of power for pushing Ukraine to announce investigations into the Bidens and Democrats as he was withholding almost $400 million in military aid.

Murkowski said she's anticipating Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, will attempt to include rules that would initially secure "certain individuals be teed up as witnesses", as the senators try to draw up rules, what's known as an "organizing resolution", on Tuesday.