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Published: Monday, February 03, 2020 @ 12:20 PM
— In final arguments for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, House prosecutors unleashed a last verbal fusillade over his actions on Ukraine, bluntly telling Senators that if his efforts to press Ukraine to launch investigations of a domestic political rival go unpunished, the President will be willing to do it again to win in 2020.
"History will not be kind to Donald Trump," said lead House prosecutor Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as he warned GOP Senators that they would be held accountable.
"Your name will be tied to his with a cord of steel, and for all history," Schiff said in his final summary on the Senate floor.
"I submit to you on behalf of the House of Representatives that your duty demands that you convict President Trump," said Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), who opened with quotes from Daniel Webster's famous speech of March 7, 1850.
"In America, no one is above the law, even those elected President of the United States," Crow added.
Before breaking for lunch, House prosecutors again ran through some of the evidence against the President, accusing him of engaging in a 'massive cover up,' proven by his refusal to turn over documents or let top White House officials testify.
"Innocent people don't try to hide every document and witness," said Rep. Val Demings (D-FL). "That's what guilty people do."
.@RepAdamSchiff: "I hope and pray that we never have a president like Donald Trump in the Democratic Party…and I would hope to God that if we did we would impeach him, and Democrats would lead the way…History will not be kind to Donald Trump. I think we all know that." pic.twitter.com/FfdF9WwQfi— CSPAN (@cspan) February 3, 2020
"Today you have a duty to perform, with fidelity, not without a sense of surrounding dangers, but also not without hope. I submit to you on behalf of the House of Representatives that your duty demands that you convict President Trump."— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) February 3, 2020
— Rep. Jason Crow #ImpeachmentPBS pic.twitter.com/TySEccelrQ
Rep. Val Demings: "The president's obstruction was unlawful and unprecedented—but it also confirmed his guilt. Innocent people don't try to hide every document and witness, especially those that could clear them. That's what guilty people do." https://t.co/lCrIAfTgkR pic.twitter.com/fD84NWrdGi— ABC News (@ABC) February 3, 2020
The White House legal team had an opposite view of what was required of Senators.
“The only appropriate result here is to acquit the President, and leave it to the voters to choose their President,” said White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who noted today's Iowa Caucuses.
“This is an effort to overturn the results of one election, and to try to interfere in the coming election that begins today in Iowa,” Cipollone added.
Back at the White House, President Trump had no public events, as he seemed to be paying attention during the first hour of Democratic arguments.
Jay Sekulow: the Democrat push to impeach the president started the day he took office.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 3, 2020
Where’s the Whistleblower? Where’s the second Whistleblower? Where’s the Informer? Why did Corrupt politician Schiff MAKE UP my conversation with the Ukrainian President??? Why didn’t the House do its job? And sooo much more!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2020
I hope Republicans & the American people realize that the totally partisan Impeachment Hoax is exacty that, a Hoax. Read the Transcripts, listen to what the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said (“No Pressure”). Nothing will ever satisfy the Do Nothing, Radical Left Dems!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2020
After final arguments, Senators will be able to take the floor over the next two days to debate the impeachment charges against President Trump.
Final votes on the two impeachment charges - abuse of power, and obstruction of Congress - have been set for 4 pm ET on Wednesday.