On the third day of defense statements against the House impeachment managers’ case, U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyers concluded their arguments at the Senate on Tuesday (Jan 28).
Deputy White House Counsel Patrick Philbin began the final day of opening arguments by saying that the articles of impeachment against the president are “anti-constitutional.”
The abuse of power article is centered on Trump’s decision to hold up millions of dollars in security assistance to Ukraine as well as a coveted Oval Office meeting sought by President Volodymyr Zelensky while he was pushing to have probes declared into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over uncorroborated claims of corruption.
The second article, obstruction of Congress, is tied to Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the congressional investigation and his directive that top officials and government agencies do the same.
Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow said there was no violation of the law and Constitution regarding the president’s Ukraine dealings but a disagreement on a policy decision, suggesting elections to resolve policy differences. “To have a removal of a duly elected president based on a policy disagreement…That is not what the framers intended. And if you lower the bar that way: danger, danger, danger,” said Sekulow.
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