President Donald Trump’s defense team rested their case in the Senate impeachment trial Tuesday.
White House counsel Pat Cipollone said, “The election is only months away. The American people are entitled to choose their president. Overturning past elections and massively interfering with the upcoming one would cause serious and lasting damage to the people of the United States and to our great country. The Senate cannot allow this to happen.” They implored the Senate to reject the impeachment charges and allow the country to decide if they wanted to remove Trump via the next election.
Senate leadership is torn on how to deal with John Bolton’s book. The book alleges that Trump asked that the aid to Ukraine be frozen until an investigation against the Bidens was announced. Some moderate Republicans are calling for the manuscript to be read in a classified manner while Democrat leadership is calling for Bolton to testify. Allowing Bolton to testify is out of the question for Republican leadership who claim that if you call one witness you must call them all.
The issue of calling witnesses will likely be voted on later this week with some Republicans expected to vote to call witnesses.