Democrats Now Face a 'Mathematical Impossibility'

Closing impeachment arguments are over, and Politico already counts enough acquittal votes
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2020 10:15 AM CST
Updated Feb 3, 2020 3:32 PM CST
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives at the Senate for the impeachment trial of President Trump on Monday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Closing arguments in President Trump's impeachment trial have wrapped up. Now senators will have two days to make individual speeches ahead of the final vote on Wednesday. Meanwhile, some Democrats were at least hoping for a censure of President Trump after the trial is over, though the prospect looks unlikely. Coverage:

  • For the defense: "You understand the arguments that we've been making, and at the end of the day, the key conclusion, we believe the only conclusion based on the evidence and based on the articles of impeachment themselves and the Constitution, is that you must vote to acquit the President," said White House counsel Pat Cipollone, per CNN. He reiterated a common accusation from the defense team, that Democrats are trying to overturn the 2016 election results.
  • Schiff's plea: In his own closing argument, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff said senators had a duty to act. "I do not ask you to convict him because truth or right or decency matters nothing to him, but because we have proven our case, and it matters to you,” he said. “Truth matters to you. Right matters to you. You are decent. He is not who you are."

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