On the clip Trump's team played Saturday, Schiff says that the call transcript "reads like a classic organized crime shakedown", describes it, and then says, "This is in sum and character what the president was trying to communicate".
Television networks and cable channels have gone gavel-to-gavel this week on coverage of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, airing every word from every speaker into the middle of the night. The abuse of power article passed 230-197, while the obstruction of Congress article passed 229-198. It gathered responses in two waves: the first was conducted January 17-21 and asked 1,116 people about their interest in following the trial. "Do it", Trump is heard saying, according to ABC News, which said it reviewed the tape.
"They're here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history we can't allow that to happen", he said of the Democrats.
Schiff's joke drew some mild chuckles from the Senate gallery, but it did not amuse Republican members of Congress. They lost that fight but the issue will come up again next week.
"And Senate Republicans will have the power to bring that evidence into the trial", Schumer told reporters.
That includes discussing the Steele Dossier and efforts made by Hillary Clinton's campaign to dig up dirt on Trump leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
This is only the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.
Trump's team will continue their opening remarks Monday and Tuesday before the questioning stage begins mid-next week.
The president has been accused of benefiting himself in the upcoming 2020 presidential election by asking Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.
Mike Purpura, another of Mr. Trump's lawyers, said the President's request during that call that Mr. Zelensky investigate a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 US election to help the Democrats was also above-board.
Whenever an impeachment trial takes place, it's the House's job to gather evidence, obtain documents and hear witnesses before presenting the case to the Senate.
Trump set the previous presidential record on December 12, with 123 Twitter posts.
"They did make one good point about that I thought", said Toobin. No Republican senator has voiced any support for his ouster.
"I'm looking forward to the White House tomorrow starting to set the record straight, because this has just been partisan". "I can nearly recite the testimony".
Some Republican senators are working hard to keep their cards close to their vest, however.
Alabama Democratic U.S. Senator Doug Jones is among the senators hearing the arguments.
Other Republicans were more circumspect. "I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here", Graham, of SC, said last month, adding, "What I see coming, happening today is just a partisan nonsense".
Over nine hours the Democrats methodically dismantled Republican claims that Trump did nothing wrong. "A lot of European countries are the same way so I think it's something you want to look at, '" Cipollone said, quoting Trump from the transcript.
Trump's lawyers will have 24 hours spread over three days to present their defense of the president to the Senate, where Republicans hold a 53 to 47 seat majority.
A Reuters-Ipsos poll released on Wednesday found a bipartisan majority of Americans wanting to see new witnesses testify in the impeachment trial.
Schumer said Democrats still want four witnesses to testify, including former national security adviser John Bolton, but haven't budged on not making deals.