"We put our faith in the Senate", he said.
"How many falsehoods can we take?"
It's refreshing, to a degree, that so many GOP lawmakers are willing to concede that Trump's nonsensical "hoax" talking point, repeated obsessively despite its transparent absurdity, is simply too ridiculous to endorse.
The Senate is to vote at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Wednesday on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and the Republican president is all but certain of being acquitted.
Criticism only intensified late Saturday after US media reported that USA officials cited presidential privilege in redacting 24 emails related to Mr. Trump's hold on military assistance to Ukraine, an issue at the heart of his impeachment trial for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. "In America, nobody is above the law, even those elected president of the United States".
Trump's defense team also made a call for a return to bipartisanship.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a ceremony to welcome Ukrainian citizens exchanged in a prisoner swap, at Boryspil International Airport, outside Kyiv, Ukraine, Dec. 29, 2019. They will be followed by White House lawyers, who will have up to two hours to present Trump's defense. About an hour before the Senate resumed the trial for closing arguments at 11 a.m. Monday, just two reporters waited for senators at the basement subway that leads to Senate office buildings. If senators didn't have all of the available information, and they decided the president's fate based on an incomplete record, so be it.
Cipollone closed his arguments saying that the decision whether to remove Trump from office or to acquit is one that will test the faith of the American people.
"The House violated every principle of due process and fundamental fairness in a way the [impeachment] hearings", said Trump legal counsel Patrick Philbin. "It should never happen to another president". Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) added, "I've said from the beginning that it was not a ideal phone call and there are elements that were not appropriate". Trump will deliver the State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.
"No, I'm gonna have it", he said. "We're mobilizing thousands of protestors across the country to make it clear that voters are watching, and we'll remember the lawmakers who chose cowardice over patriotism".
"History will judge the Senate harshly", he said, about how the Trump impeachment trail was handled, including the vote to not allow witnesses or documents. 46% of voters polled said he should be removed, while 49% said he should remain - a similar margin to the results of a December NBC/WSJ poll conducted before the trial.
The same argument was invoked last week by Sen.
On Friday, Murkowski joined fellow swing-vote Alexander in voting against calling witnesses, giving Republicans the 51 votes needed to avoid a weeks-long extension of the trial. Democrats had hoped that new witnesses and evidence - particularly in light of reported revelations in an unpublished book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton - might have changed the dynamic in the partisan proceedings.