The Trump impeachment trial has turned to the charges.
Senate Republicans have complained that the managers keep repeating the same points and they allege this repetition is aimed at making the conduct the House is describing sound more troubling.
"You can't trust this president to do what's right for this country. He will do what's right for Donald Trump", Schiff said. "This is why, if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed".
In the document, Trump's lawyers charged that his impeachment is "an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions". According to the rules, Senators must remain seated during the impeachment trial.
Democrats presented a slide laying out a roadmap of the case they planned to make on Thursday - and for the next eight-plus hours they rumbled through. Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, deflected rumours that the defence may wrap up in a single day. Biden is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. "They kind of opened the door to that kind of response, so we'll determine the appropriate way to do it".
Biden and his son Hunter were frequent topics of the House managers on Thursday, even as the Democrats dismissed Republican suggestions that if witnesses are to be called, the Bidens should be among them.More news: Six killed, several injured in Germany shooting
Schiff capped a long day in which Democrats detailed Trump's scheme to pressure Ukraine for help in his reelection. "He had the motive, he had the opportunity and the means to commit this abuse of power".
"There was no basis for the investigation the president was pursuing and pushing".
They argued that Trump abused power for his own personal political benefit ahead of the 2020 election, even as the nation's top Federal Bureau of Investigation and national security officials were publicly warning of the theory that it was Ukraine, not Russian Federation, that interfered in the 2016 election. "To seek help in cheating in a US election, he requested, effectively demanded, a personal political favor".
Trump and his allies maintain that Biden wanted Shokin out in order to head off an investigation into a natural gas company, Burisma, where his son Hunter served as a director. In fact, she said, there was no investigation of Burisma under way when the USA joined calls by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund for Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin to be removed.
Several Senate Republicans are now proposing the idea that if Democrats secure the votes to subpoena the House's desired witnesses, Republicans will push to bring in the Bidens. The suggestion that Ukraine was the source of election interference has been discredited by USA intelligence and foreign affairs officials, including former White House Russia adviser Fiona Hill, who testified in the House impeachment hearings.
The founding father has enjoyed something of a pop-culture resurgence in the country thanks to the hit Broadway musical bearing his name, and Democratic lawmakers leading impeachment have repeatedly treated the quote in question as a prescient warning for the country's political circumstances today.More news: Chances of Canadian virus outbreak low, says official, as China widens lockdown
"The House made a decision that they didn't want to slow things down by having to go through the courts and yet now they're basically saying you guys need to go through the courts", Murkowski said.
"Finally, we'll get to the other side of the story, and I look forward to getting a chance to hear it".
But Senate Republican leaders are expressing growing confidence that the Senate will reject a vote on whether to seek more evidence. A staunch Trump ally, Lindsey Graham of SC told reporters he wouldn't want a trade-off that lets Democrats call their witnesses in exchange for Republicans calling witnesses such as Biden or his son.
When asked about the trial during his appearance at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland earlier this week, the president said his team was "doing very well". They also argue that Trump obstructed Congress when he refused to hand over documents and witnesses during the House's impeachment inquiry.
The Democrats running the prosecution have set out the details of the first charge, the alleged abuse of power by the President, one of the two articles of impeachment approved last month by the House.
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