Impeachment Trial: Trump Defense Team Finishes Arguments for His Immediate Acquittal

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President Donald Trump’s legal defense team concluded their arguments in the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday.

The President’s lawyers urged senators to immediately end the impeachment trial and acquit Trump. They reiterated that the allegations against Trump—abuse of power and obstruction of Congress—are not impeachable offenses under the Constitution.

Trump’s legal counsel says impeachment would cause lasting damage to the U.S.

In his closing arguments, White House legal counsel Pat Cippolone said the impeachment is an effort by House Democrats to undo the 2016 election and interfere in the 2020 election. He urged the senators to let “every American to vote and to choose their president.”

Cippolone, said, “Overturning the last election and massively interfering with the upcoming one would cause serious and lasting damage to the people of the United States and our great country.”

“What they are asking you to do is to throw out a successful president on the eve of an election with no basis and in violation of the Constitution. It would dangerously change our country and weaken — weaken forever all of our democratic institutions. You all know that’s not in the interests of the American people. Why not trust the American people with this decision. Why tear up their ballots, why tear up every ballot across this country. You can’t do that. You know you can’t do that,” added Cippolone.

Impeachment is “not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts”

Trump’s legal defense team also addressed the New York Times’ bombshell report regarding former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s unpublished manuscript.