Trump impeachment trial reconvenes for third day

House Democrats have returned to the Senate for another full day of presentations in the impeachment trial of President Trump.

The House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, kicked off their prosecution of Trump on two articles of impeachment Wednesday, contending the president tried to get the Ukrainian president to launch an investigation into Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, for his own personal and political benefit, a charge the president has denied.

In his two-hour opening statement Wednesday, Schiff claimed Trump exerted pressure on Volodymyr Zelensky.

“When the Ukrainian president did not immediately assent, President Trump withheld two official acts to induce the Ukrainian leader to comply — a head of state meeting and military funding. President Trump withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to a strategic partner at war with Russia to secure foreign help with his re-election, in other words, to cheat,” the California Democrat said.

During the nine hours of arguments by the Democrats, senators appeared to become restless, with some walking around the chamber to stretch their legs while Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) worked on a crossword puzzle.

Others were seen nodding off or fighting to remain alert.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Democrats kept repeating the same information.

“I think we’re already beginning to lose certainly the television audience and maybe the press to some extent, but certainly senators are struggling to try to see why we have to sit there, sit hearing the same arguments over and over and over and over again,” Cornyn told reporters during a break.

“It reminds me of the shopping channel hits of the ’80s,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) quipped to The Post.

But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that despite the restlessness in the chamber, some Republicans were listening intently.

“It may have been the first time that many of my Republican colleagues heard the full story, the complete narrative from start to finish, uninterrupted,” Schumer said at a Thursday news conference ahead of the continued openings. “It may have planted the first seeds in their mind that, yes, perhaps the president did something very wrong here.”

Trump weighed in on the arguments on Twitter, saying they were “loaded with lies and misrepresentations.”

The Democratic House managers will continue to press their case against Trump on Friday before the White House legal team can begin presenting their defense.

Like the Democrats, Trump’s legal team will have 24 hours stretched over three days to present their arguments — Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

“There’s a lot of things I’d like to rebut and we will rebut,” Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow told reporters Wednesday.


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