Democratic House impeachment managers are in their final day of arguments against President Trump. Friday's focus: obstruction of justice. The impeachment managers are asserting that Trump withheld crucial documents and blocked the testimony of top White House officials, reports the Wall Street Journal.
"The president tried to cheat," said impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries at the start of Friday's session, per CNN. "He got caught, and then he worked hard to cover it up." As for the delay in US aid to Ukraine at the heart of the controversy: "The $391 million in security aid was only released because President Trump was caught red-handed," said Jeffries.
“He was, of course, absolutely right.” He also played a video clip of McCain extolling the beauty and importance of that country, notes Politico.
Val Demings told the Senate. She brought up his tweet about Marie Yovanovitch, former ambassador to Ukraine, during her testimony and showed video of his attacks on others.
It adds up to witness intimidation, she said, per the Post. "We must not condone President Trump’s attacks on whistleblowers and witnesses," Demings said.
“After having been treated unbelievably unfairly in the House, and then having to endure hour after hour of lies, fraud & deception by Shifty Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer & their crew, looks like my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V.,” Trump wrote.
It's scheduled to begin at 10am and wrap up two hours later. The trial would then resume on Monday.
Jim Jordan predicted the trial would be over next week, without any new witnesses being called and with Trump's acquittal. White House press chief Stephanie Grisham said she hopes he's right.
“I do hope so. I hope so for this country,” Grisham said on Fox News. "I think the country is tired of this."
Politico reports that GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is the key vote. Three other senators already have voiced some degree of support about witnesses, and Alexander, who is retiring this year, could be the deciding factor.
This article originally appeared on Newser: Impeachment Day 4: Schiff Invokes John McCain