The defense of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, culminated on Tuesday with his initial allegations in the framework of the political trial against him that takes place in the Senate. In its third section of eight hours to present its arguments – in total they will have had 24 – the president's team of lawyers said that the Democrats, promoters of the accusation, seek their removal because they disagree with their policies and not because they had committed crimes That deserve it.
Concluded this period, the senators – who officiate as jurors in the process – will have two days to ask questions of both parties. At the center of the stage will be the Democratic efforts to convince enough Republicans, who have a majority and so far are firmly clustered behind Trump, to call to testify to the former national security adviser, John Bolton.
Although it seemed that the initiative was destined to fail, a New York Times report changed expectations. He said that in the book he began writing when leaving the White House, Bolton supports the version of the Democrats regarding the events that led to the political trial: he maintains that Trump told him that he wanted to freeze security aid to Ukraine until Kiev help with investigations into several Democrats, including one about Burisma, the gas company in which Joe Biden's son, Hunter, took a board seat.RELATED
The revelation caused different Republicans to imply that they might be in favor of calling Bolton to testify. Democrats need at least 4 of the 53 Republicans in the Senate to support their motion. Until Tuesday, three had made public statements in this regard: Mitt Romney, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
Trump, however, was emphatic in denying the information: "I NEVER told John Bolton that aid to Ukraine was linked to the investigations of Democrats, including the Biden," Trump tweeted Monday. "If John Bolton said this, it was just to sell a book," he added.
A call to Bolton or other witnesses could stretch the trial and ruin the efforts of the Republican majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, to close the matter over the end of this week. According to The Washington Post, McConnell announced in a closed meeting that he still did not have the votes to avoid calling Bolton.
Once the defense finalizes its arguments, the senators will have 16 hours to present their questions in writing to the defense and the seven Democratic congressmen who acted as prosecutors in the prosecution.
The president of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts, who presides over the trial, will read the questions aloud. Next, the Senate is expected to discuss whether or not to summon witnesses. However, even if the decision is positive, the chances of the President being removed from office remain low, considering that 67 positive votes are needed for this.