President Trump’s lawyers have wrapped up their defence of the commander-in-chief against the Democrats’ impeachment case, framing the trial as a violation of the US constitution.
Here’s what you need to know from day seven of the trial.
In a sentence
The White House wrapped up their arguments defending the president against the Democrats’ case for impeachment.
In a paragraph
Jay Sekulow, a member of the White House defence team, framed the whole trial as politically motivated. Mr Sekulow said the Democrats want to “throw out a successful president on the eve of an election with no basis and in violation of the constitution”.
In 100 words
Jay Sekulow continued to dismiss a New York Times article that claims former national security adviser John Bolton heard the president condition security aid to Ukraine on an investigation into the Bidens.
Up until now senators haven’t been able to speak during the trial. Tomorrow they still won’t be able to talk but they will be able to submit written questions they may have after hearing both sides present their cases.
Democrats are still hoping they can persuade moderate Republican senators to vote to call witnesses like John Bolton. Senator Mitt Romney said he was open to both Democrats and Republicans calling witnesses. Republicans want Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, to testify.
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In a quote
We are permitting a constitutional coup d’etat that will haunt our constitution and this country forever.
Tweet of the day
The Witch Hunt continues! https://t.co/7zkUnuPlw6
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2020