Tag: Sekulow, Jay Alan

Democrats and White House Rest Cases as Impeachment Sputters Toward a Verdict

WASHINGTON — In their final appeals in President Trump’s impeachment trial, House Democrats argued on Monday that he had corrupted the presidency and would continue to put American interests at risk if the Senate failed to remove him from office. Mr. Trump’s defenders, denouncing the case against him, said he had done nothing wrong and […]

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Day 7 of Trump’s Trial: The Defense Rests

“Danger. Danger. Danger. To lower the bar of impeachment, based on these articles of impeachment, would impact the functioning of our constitutional republic and the framework of that Constitution for generations.” So warned Jay Sekulow, President Trump’s personal lawyer, in the defense’s last day of its opening arguments in the Senate’s impeachment trial. Mr. Sekulow […]

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Framing the Impeachment Case: An Inside Look at Opposing Legal Teams

WASHINGTON — A former police chief, a prosecutor who won the conviction of an F.B.I. agent and one of Texas’ first Latina representatives. A constitutional law professor who once defended O.J. Simpson against a murder charge, a former special prosecutor who pursued the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and a litigator for the Christian right. […]

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Will Trump’s Defenders Pass the Test of Legitimacy?

The Constitution says that what’s happening in the Senate right now is a trial. But it’s no ordinary trial: As we’re all now well aware, a Senate trial is a hybrid affair, part law and part politics. That’s true about the enterprise as a whole, and it’s been especially true about the rhetoric each side […]

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Day 6 of Trump’s Trial: The ‘Deny Everything’ Defense

You have to hand it to the legal team defending President Trump in the Senate’s impeachment trial: It sticks to its story, even when confronted by new evidence pretty much demolishing that story. In its first day of arguments, on Saturday, the president’s defense asserted repeatedly that the prosecution had failed to present evidence of […]

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Day 5 of Trump’s Trial: The Defense Opens

After three days of eight-hour presentations by the House managers prosecuting the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, the defense team took the stage Saturday morning. The president’s lawyers immediately made clear that they would not be following in the prosecution’s slow, methodical, somewhat repetitive footsteps. Speaking for a scant two hours, they vowed to […]

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Trump Team, Opening Defense, Accuses Democrats of Plot to Subvert Election

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legal defense team mounted an aggressive offense on Saturday as it opened its side in the Senate impeachment trial by attacking his Democratic accusers as partisan witch-hunters trying to remove him because they could not beat him at the ballot box. After three days of arguments by the House managers prosecuting […]

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What to Watch For in Trump’s Impeachment Trial on Saturday

President Trump’s lawyers will begin presenting their defense on Saturday, hoping to deliver a sharp counterargument to three days of presentations that House impeachment managers wrapped up Friday night. As Democrats ended their opening arguments, Republican senators appeared largely unmoved in their belief that Mr. Trump should remain in office, and dismissed the notion that […]

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Day 4 of Trump’s Trial: The Case for Obstruction

Friday was crunch time for the House managers in the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Trump. It was their third and final day of opening arguments — which, to review, in most trials would be merely the start of their case. But in these jury-rigged proceedings, run by a Republican Senate leadership keen to block […]

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In Defense of Donald Trump

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Monday, President Trump’s chief lawyers in his impeachment trial, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone, submitted a 110-page brief to the Senate laying out the case for his acquittal. The articles of impeachment, they say, are […]

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Day 1: The Rules of Engagement

The opening day of the impeachment trial of President Trump was a Senate fight over the rule book. The Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, blazed into the session on Tuesday spoiling for battle over a procedural map put forward Monday night by his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell. In keeping with Mr. McConnell’s preference […]

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