The president is being tried in the Senate after the House impeached him last month, accusing him of abusing his office by asking Ukraine for the investigations while withholding aid from a US ally at war with bordering Russian Federation.
After Friday, the president's defence team will have 24 hours over three days to mount a rebuttal of the Democrat's case.
They have to sit in silence as Schiff and his solemn crew say over and over again how the U.S. Constitution and our national security were put at risk by a phone call our treasonous president made to the president of Ukraine last summer.
Alan Dershowitz, the veteran defense attorney who has joined Trump's defense team, won't appear until Monday, when the president's lawyers plan to roll out the bulk of their argument.
Bolton, a controversial figure whom a former colleague has testified had grave doubts about Trump's pressure tactics to get Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden, has indicated he would testify before the impeachment trial if he were subpoenaed. Our coverage continues on Friday at 12:50 p.m. ET with politics reporter Evan Donovan and DC correspondent Jessi Turnure.
But even one Republican defection on the vote to convict could badly damage Trump, casting doubt on his insistence that the impeachment is a purely partisan prosecution with no merit on the facts. The numbers essentially flip among liberal Democrats, where 70% say they trust CNN and 77% don't trust what they see on Fox.
The seven prosecutors, who are called managers, spent Wednesday outlining the two articles against Trump and detailing the evidence they gathered for the accusations of abuse of power and obstruction.
Trump's lawyers are expected to argue that the president's demands to Ukraine to investigate a political rival were legitimate, publicly tarring Biden from the Senate floor days before the February 3 Iowa caucuses sound the starting gun on the Democratic nomination battle.
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"There was no basis for the investigation the president was pursuing and pushing".
Do they think it would endear Senate Republicans to Trump voters, who will see that, yes, these senators are indeed principled and serious people, and deserve our confidence and respect? "You can trust he will do what's right for Donald Trump", Schiff added.
"I'm going to let you judge the political ups and downs of decisions relating to the trial", Sen.
"President Trump's objective was not to encourage a foreign government to investigate legitimate allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing overseas", he said. Sekulow said. "That is why we have courts". In a tweet Friday, he complained about the Saturday morning opening slot for his lawyers, although the schedule was set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
By withholding US$500 million in military aid to Ukraine unless they investigated Mr Biden, Mr Trump's actions could be construed as bribery, a crime specifically listed as grounds for impeachment.
Murkowski said Thursday on Twitter the rules governing the trial allow for the "Senate to decide whether or not we need more information" after closing arguments and a 16-hour session allowing senators to question House managers. Republicans voted nine times this week to block Democratic amendments for new witnesses and documents. Collins said last Thursday that she would "likely" support calling witnesses, and she has reportedly been talking to four like-minded senators, enhancing the chances of some new witness testimony.
"We're seeking the truth at a momentous time in the American republic", Schumer said.
USA public opinion on Trump's impeachment is sharply divided between Democrats and Republicans with a slight tilt in favour of removing the president from office.