The transcript of the call
Philbin attacked the claims that moving the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to a secure server constituted a cover-up.
Philbin showed videos of various witnesses called during the House impeachment inquiry who said they did not see any malicious intent in the placing of the transcript on that server.
Sekulow mentions Bolton claim
Sekulow told the senators that impeachment is “not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts,” addressing former national security adviser John Bolton without naming him.
“That is politics, unfortunately. And (Alexander) Hamilton put impeachment in the hands of this body, the Senate, precisely and specifically, to be above that fray.”
“Responding to an unpublished manuscript that maybe some reporters have an idea of what it says, I don’t know what you’d call that,” Sekulow said. “I’d call it inadmissible.”
What happens If witnesses are called, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham
Danger, danger, danger
Sekulow brought up special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Christopher Steele’s dossier and former FBI Director James Comey.
“The president of the United States, before he was the president, was under an investigation. It was called Crossfire Hurricane. It was an investigation led by the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. James Comey eventually told the president a little about the investigation and referenced the Steele dossier. James Comey, the then-director of the FBI, said it was salacious and unverified. So salacious and unverified that they used it as a basis to obtain FISA warrants. Members, managers here, managers at this table right here, said that any discussions on the abuse from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, utilized to get the FISA warrants from the court, were conspiracy theories," Sekulow said.
On several occasions, Sekulow warned of “danger, danger, danger,” saying to those in the Senate that the bar to impeach a president is far too low.
Common sense and the Constitution
Cipollone took only about 15 minutes to end the president’s defense. He urged senators to do the only thing they can do and end the impeachment trial.
He told them, “All you need in this case is common sense and the constitution.”
Cipollone showed a video of several Democrats, among them some of the House managers, arguing during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment against impeachment for something that was not a crime.
What’s coming up
The trial has adjourned for the day and will reconvene Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. When the trial resumes, senators will be allowed to ask questions of the House managers and the president’s attorneys.
The questions will be submitted to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts who will read the questions.
There will be two days of questioning then a vote will likely come on Friday as to whether or not to call witnesses in the trial or move on to a vote on whether the president should be removed from office.