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Trump attorneys counter Democrat claim that president did not care about Ukraine corruption - impeachment trial latest

Added 01-25-20 12:04:02pm EST - “President Trump's defense team will have 24 hours over three days to make its case to the Senate on why the president should not be convicted.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “President Trump's lawyer: Trump did not get 'due process' - impeachment trial latest”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON - Patrick Philbin, deputy counsel to President Donald Trump, tried to counter the charge of obstruction of Congress, saying the White House did not comply with House Democrats’ subpoenas because they were not legally valid.

He argued that the House did not follow correct rules in authorizing the impeachment inquiry – thus making the subpoenas void.

In fact, Philbin suggested the entire impeachment inquiry was illegitimate because the full House never voted to open a probe.

“There was no vote to authorize the committee to exercise the power of impeachment,” he said. So Schiff’s committee didn’t have the authority to issue subpoenas.

He said Trump was not allowed to have counsel in the initial closed-door interviews with key witnesses, and was only invited to participate at the end of the probe. 

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