WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic House prosecutors have made an expansive argument at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” theory about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.
The Democrats say that led Trump to demand that Ukraine investigate his rival Joe Biden — while he withheld crucial military aid as leverage.
On Friday, the Democrats will press their final day of arguments before skeptical Republican senators on the other charge against the president, obstruction of Congress.
They are facing a big challenge trying to win over not just fidgety senators but an American public deeply divided by the Republican president’s actions.
Republicans are blocking new witnesses.
The long hours in back-to-back days of proceedings have left some senators yawning, stretching and pacing.
Each side has 24 hours over three days to make its case.
Trump’s defense team is eager for its turn, likely to begin Saturday.
ABC, CBS and NBC stuck to entertainment programming Wednesday night instead of showing President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.
Since it was the first night that House managers were outlining the case against Trump, it’s likely that judgment by TV executives will carry through for the rest of the trial.
It was a contrast to the daytime, when Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff had more than two hours of uninterrupted TV time on the networks.
In prime-time, Fox News Channel hosts spent more time attacking Schiff than listening to him.