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Trump defense opening arguments: day 3 impeachment trial live updates

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  • President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial continued Tuesday as his defense team capped off their opening arguments, beginning at 1 P.M. 
  • White House counsel Pat Cipollone is spearheading Trump’s team, which also includes the president’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow.
  • After the defense rests their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit written questions to the defense team and the seven House impeachment managers who prosecuted the case against Trump.
  • Scroll down to watch the trial and follow Insider’s live coverage.
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President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial continues Tuesday as his defense team caps off their opening arguments. White House counsel Pat Cipollone is spearheading Trump’s team, which also includes the president’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow.

On Monday, other members of Trump’s defense team including former Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, and Trump attorney Eric Herschmann also assisted in presenting arguments before the Senate.

The House of Representatives impeached Trump last month for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Both charges related to his efforts to coerce Ukraine into launching politically motivated investigations targeting former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic frontrunner, his son Hunter, and the Democratic Party as a whole.

While doing so, the president withheld $391 million in vital military aid to Ukraine, as well as a White House meeting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky desperately sought and still hasn’t gotten.

On Monday, the defense’s arguments mainly focused on attacking Hunter’s credibility with false and misleading claims that he engaged in corrupt activity in Ukraine, which formed the basis of Trump’s request.

They also disputed the need for the Senate to call former National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify in the trial after The New York Times reported on the unpublished manuscript of his memoir, in which Bolton wrote that Trump personally told him he would withhold Ukraine’s military aid until Zelensky agreed to deliver politically motivated investigations targeting the Bidens.

Earlier on Tuesday, CNN reported that Cipollone and Sekulow are expected to make “brief closing arguments” starting at 1 P.M EST and lasting approximately two hours.

After the defense rests their case, senators will have 16 hours to submit written questions to the defense team and the seven House impeachment managers who prosecuted the case against Trump.

The Senate will then decide whether to subpoena additional documents or witness testimony, which requires a 51-vote majority.

C-SPAN and TV networks are relying on the Senate’s live feed of the trial.

C-SPAN is airing the trial at cspan.org.

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