Trump impeachment trial: Closing arguments ahead of acquittal vote Wednesday

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Trump impeachment trial: Closing arguments ahead of acquittal vote Wednesday
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Trump impeachment trial: Closing arguments ahead of acquittal vote Wednesday
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President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial resumed Monday with closing arguments — even though the outcome appears all but certain ahead of a final vote on acquittal set for Wednesday.

Even though the trial continues, Trump has said he will go to the Capitol Tuesday to deliver his State of the Union address, as President Bill Clinton did during his 1999 trial. It wasn’t clear, though, whether he would mention his impeachment.

Monday’s arguments come after the Senate voted 51-49 Friday to reject calling any new witnesses — a critical defeat for Democrats. Only GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Mitt Romney voted to hear witnesses — while two other other Republicans Democrats were hoping would join them — Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Lamar Alexander — voted no.

On Sunday, Alexander further explained his rationale he first made in a statement Thursday night ahead of Friday vote — that while he considered the president’s conduct in the Ukraine affair “inappropriate,” it didn’t, in his view, rise to the level of an impeachable offense and that it was up to voters — not the Senate — to decide how to deal with it.

You can read the rest of Trish Turner, Katherine Faulders, John Parkinson, Allison Pecorin, and Stephanie Ebbs’ article at ABCnews.com

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