WH Counsel: 'That's Fake, That's Not the Real Call'

President Trump's legal team launches its defense in the Senate impeachment trial
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2020 10:15 AM CST
Updated Jan 25, 2020 12:45 PM CST
In this image from video, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, Jay Sekulow, hold a copy of the Mueller Report as speaks during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the US Capitol...   (Senate Television via AP)
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(Newser) – Enter the defense. President Trump's legal team, led by personal lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, gave a two-hour presentation Saturday morning against impeaching the president, the Washington Post reports. This after House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, argued that Trump had abused his power and obstructed Congress over his dealings with Ukraine. Trump is accused of withholding military aid in return for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordering an investigation into Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Among highlights in the Senate presentation:

  • 'Dangerous': Out of the gate, Cipollone argued that removing Trump would be a "very, very dangerous" precedent for overturning an election. "They come here to the Senate, and they ask you to remove a president, tear up the ballots in all of your states, and they don’t bother to read the key evidence of the discussion of burden-sharing that’s in the call itself," he said.

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