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Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers


Added 01-19-20 05:57:03pm EST - “The House Democrats soon to prosecute the impeachment case against President Trump huddled in the Capitol on Sunday for 11th-hour preparations ahead of the Senate trial, which opens on Tuesday.” - Thehill.com

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The House Democrats soon to prosecute the impeachment case against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE huddled in the Capitol on Sunday for 11th-hour preparations ahead of the Senate trial, which opens on Tuesday.The rare Sunday meeting, which took place in the office of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE (D-Calif.), was led by Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP MORE (D-Calif.), the head prosecutor in the coming trial to decide Trump's fate.Other attendees included at least four more of the seven Democratic impeachment managers — Reps. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial House delivers impeachment articles to Senate MORE (Calif.), Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial House delivers impeachment articles to Senate MORE (Fla.), Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial House delivers impeachment articles to Senate MORE (Texas) and Jason CrowJason CrowSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial MORE (Colo.) — as well as a handful of senior aides and attorneys on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees.All were acutely tight-lipped about the details surrounding their last-minute strategy session."I'm really not going to comment except to say we're just doing our trial preparation," Schiff said as he left the gathering. The process, he added, is "coming along fine."It appeared that the two additional Democratic managers — Reps. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE (N.Y.) and Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial MORE (N.Y.) — did not participate in the noon meeting. Pelosi, too, was not in attendance.After nearly a month of delay, Pelosi had tapped her team of Democratic impeachment managers last Wednesday — the same day the House passed two impeachment resolutions on the chamber floor — and the seven lawmakers marched the articles across the Capitol to the Senate just hours later.

It remains unclear how the roles and responsibilities will be divvied up between the seven managers when the Senate trial launches on Tuesday. Schiff on Sunday declined to comment on the issue.As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff was the natural fit to lead the trial phase of the impeachment proceedings. It was his committee that had spearheaded the Democrats' impeachment investigation, which centered on allegations that Trump had withheld $391 million in foreign aid to Ukraine in an effort to coerce that country's leaders to investigate the president's political opponents.Trump and his Republican allies have argued that the administration was simply fighting foreign corruption, generally, without targeting anyone specifically. The pressure campaign was designed to protect U.S. taxpayer dollars, they say, not damage Trump's opponents.But Democrats — armed with testimony from 17 diplomats and national security officials, among other evidence — accused Trump of using his office illegally for personal political benefit.Last month, Democrats passed their two articles, charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In doing so, Trump became just the third president in the country's history to be impeached.On Saturday, House Democrats unveiled a lengthy trial brief, outlining the arguments they intend to make as the Senate trial gets under way this week.

The document includes several new bits of evidence that have emerged since the Dec. 18 House impeachment votes. But the central thrust of the Democrats' allegations remains unchanged heading into the trial: Trump, they say, abused his office and threatened national security in pressing a foreign leader to interfere in a domestic election, then covered it up as Democrats sought to investigate. That, Democrats contend, merits his removal.The White House has a decidedly different view. And shortly after the Democrats released their trial brief Saturday evening, two lawyers representing Trump offered a short response to the specific impeachment charges.

Among other arguments, Trump's lawyers accused Democrats of launching a politically motivated attack on the president designed both to overturn his 2016 victory and undermine his prospects for reelection this year.The administration also maintains that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress are a crime, let alone offenses meriting impeachment."The articles of impeachment violate the Constitution," said Trump's lawyers, Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowHawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Democrats file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Trump lawyers attack House impeachment as 'brazen and unlawful' effort to overturn 2016 results MORE and Pat Cipollone. "They are defective in their entirety."Democrats were quick to fire back, attacking the White House for pushing a "dangerous" argument that, they contend, disregards Congress's constitutional responsibility to be a check on presidential powers."If the president were correct, it would represent a fundamental alteration in the American constitutional order," said a Democratic aide working on impeachment.Schiff and his team of impeachment managers are slated to meet in the Capitol again on Monday, when they're expected to perform a walk-through of the Senate chamber ahead of Tuesday's trial.

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