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'The nerve and the gall': Quotes from Day 7 of Trump impeachment trial

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Published Jan 29, 2020, 12:02 pm IST
Updated Jan 29, 2020, 12:02 pm IST
Various people and groups assert that US president Donald Trump has engaged in impeachable activity both before and during his presidency
House impeachment manager Adam Schiff speaks as fellow impeachment managers look on during press conference after the Senate adjourned for the day during the Senate impeachment trial at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP photo
 House impeachment manager Adam Schiff speaks as fellow impeachment managers look on during press conference after the Senate adjourned for the day during the Senate impeachment trial at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP photo

Washington: President Donald Trump’s lawyers wrapped up their arguments in his impeachment trial on Tuesday with a plea for acquittal, and sought to marginalise former national security adviser John Bolton’s explosive allegations as “inadmissible”.

Here are some quotes from Day Seven:

 

Trump attorney Pat Cipollone

“What they are asking you to do is to throw out a successful president on the eve of an election, with no basis and in violation of the Constitution. It would dangerously change our country and weaken - weaken - forever all of our democratic institutions.”

“The Senate cannot allow this to happen. It is time for this to end, here and now.”

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow

“You cannot impeach a president on an unsourced allegation.”

Lead democratic impeachment manager Adam Schiff

“Saying this is just about a phone call is like saying that the man who was on trial because he called a hit man and said ‘take out my business partner’ makes the case to the jury that ‘are you really going to prosecute over a phone call?’”

“At the end of the day, nothing is sufficient if the Senate doesn’t decide to have a fair trial. And you simply can’t have a fair trial without witnesses.”

Senate democratic leader Chuck Schumer

“Give me a break! He (Sekulow) has the nerve and the gall to get up there and say that there is no eyewitness testimony when we know that John Bolton has eyewitness testimony and is willing to testify?”

Rrepublican Senator Mitt Romney

“It’s pretty fair to say John Bolton has relevant testimony. I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton.”

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

“She (Senator Joni Ernst, who speculated that the impeachment trial might affect Monday’s Iowa caucuses) spilled the beans. She just came out and flat said it: You know the whole impeachment trial for Trump is just a political hit job to try to smear me because he is scared to death to run against me. And he has good reason to be concerned.”

President Donald Trump, on Twitter

“It’s amazing what I’ve done, the most of any President in the first three years (by far), considering that for three years I’ve been under phony political investigations and the Impeachment Hoax! KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”

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