President Trump’s legal defense team filed its brief for the Senate impeachment trial. Those documents were handed over to the upper chamber Monday ahead of Tuesday’s trial session. The brief states the articles of impeachment passed by the House are “an affront to the Constitution and fail to allege an impeachable offense.”
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Sen. John Cornyn is questioning a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that claimed President Trump broke the law by withholding aid from Ukraine. On Sunday, the Texas Republican said keeping back aid from a foreign country is not a crime.
Republicans are threatening to weaponize the witness testimony process in the Senate impeachment trial. One America’s Eddie McCoven exp
Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Senate has decided against dismissing articles of impeachment without conducting a trial. On Sunday, Graham announced he and his colleagues need to hold a trial before striking down the House’s articles of impeachment, since the Senate does not have enough votes to dismiss them early.
GOP Sen. David Perdue called Rudy Giuliani’s former associate Lev Parnas a “distraction” and appeared to oppose having him testify in the impeachment trial. On Sunday, Perdue suggested Parnas only has secondhand information and pointed out he has been indicted on campaign finance charges.
Vice President Mike Pence is set to participate in a bus tour in Iowa later this month before joining the president for a rally in Des Moines. On Saturday, the Trump campaign announced Pence’s bus tour will begin in Sioux City on January 30th.
The White House and House Democrats are increasing their attacks ahead of next week’s impeachment trial. On Saturday, the president’s legal team said impeachment is a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”
Alan Dershowitz said he will be working pro bono for the president during the Senate impeachment trial. On Friday, the Harvard law professor said his top priority during the trial is to protect the integrity of the Constitution.
One Republican congressman believes that once the Senate trial begins next week, it won’t take long for senators to acquit the president of any wrongdoing. One America’s Jennifer Franco spoke with GOP Rep. Mike Johnson to get his take on the proceedings.