Trump impeachment trial: President’s legal team begins presenting defense case

Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON (WFLA) – President Donald Trump’s legal team officially took over the Senate floor on Saturday in the president’s impeachment trial.

House Democrats serving as prosecutors delivered their opening arguments Wednesday through Friday, telling the Senate why they think President Trump needs to be removed from office.

The president’s defense team got their turn Saturday and started arguing against impeachment. The team will have 24 hours over the course of three days to present their case, just as Democrats did.

Those rules were laid out in a House resolution that was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The resolution first proposed 24 hours for each side over the course of two days but after concerns arose from other senators, McConnell changed the resolution to give each side an additional day.

Democrats proposed several amendments to the resolution that would have subpoenaed new documents and new witnesses like Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton. All of those amendments were voted down along party lines. The resolution was ultimately approved along party lines.

Nexstar is bringing you complete coverage of President Trump’s impeachment trial. Our coverage continues Saturday at 10 a.m.

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