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Reuters PoliticsJan 28, 2020
'Time for this to end': Trump team asks for acquittal at impeachment trial
Saying "it is time for this to end," President Donald Trump's legal team appealed to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to acquit him in his impeachment trial and sought to marginalize former national security adviser John Bolton's explosive allegations about Trump's conduct.

The Daily BeastJan 28, 2020
20 Tough Questions Senate Democrats Need to Ask Donald Trump's Lawyers
Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/GettySenate rules in the Trump impeachment trial call for 16 hours of written questions from senators, to be read by the Chief Justice. Republican and Democratic senators alternate questions. 

I have none for Republican senators to ask the House managers, but here are 20 for Democratic senators to ask the Trump defense team:

For White House Counsel Pat Cipollone:

Read more at The Daily Beast.



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CNN PoliticsJan 28, 2020
Kushner defends Trump's Middle East plan after Palestinian rejection
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner made the case for President Donald Trump's Middle East plan Tuesday, praising the relationship his father-in-law has with Israel and admonishing Palestinians not to blow their "big opportunity."

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The Daily BeastJan 28, 2020
Revealed at Last: Trump's Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal to End All Peace
TEL AVIV—After several years and much speculation, President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" for Israeli-Palestinian peace was unveiled Tuesday  at the White House. 

Despite the moniker, it's neither a deal to end the world's longest running conflict, nor will it achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The more likely scenario is that it does exactly the opposite, escalating tensions in the Holy Land leading to a possible violent Palestinian counter reaction. 

Standing beside a beaming and clapping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump laid out the broad strokes of a plan that would see Israel maintain all of its settlements in the West Bank and control over all of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



CNN PoliticsJan 28, 2020
The Point: Donald Trump just praised Mike Pompeo for berating an NPR reporter.
President Donald Trump took time -- in the midst of announcing his administration's long-awaited but likely-to-fail plan for Middle East peace -- to praise his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

CNN PoliticsJan 28, 2020
GOP senator says they've 'got to be able to see' Bolton manuscript before witness vote
Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma said Tuesday that senators participating in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial have "got to be able to see" the book manuscript of former national security adviser John Bolton before they vote on whether to include witnesses in the proceedings.

CNN PoliticsJan 28, 2020
Ex-WH chief of staff Kelly says he believes Bolton's account of Ukraine allegation
Former White House chief of staff John Kelly says he believes John Bolton's allegation that President Donald Trump told the former national security adviser that US security aid to Ukraine was conditioned on an investigation of the President's political rivals, adding that Bolton should be heard from.

Reuters PoliticsJan 28, 2020
Democrat Schumer calls proposal to peruse Bolton manuscript in private 'absurd'
U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday rejected a proposal from a couple of Republican senators that lawmakers view a book manuscript produced by a former adviser to President Donald Trump in a classified setting, saying nothing can substitute for sworn testimony.

CNN PoliticsJan 28, 2020
Analysis: Trump legal team dismisses Bolton book storm
Donald Trump's impeachment trial defense is a perfect mirror for his presidency.

CNN PoliticsJan 28, 2020
House Democrats not invited to trade deal bill signing at White House
When President Donald Trump signs his revised North American Free Trade Agreement agreement at the White House on Wednesday, congressional Democrats who played a central role in approving the pact won't be there.

The Daily BeastJan 28, 2020
Joe Scarborough Trashes Trump's Defense Team: ‘Confederacy of Dunces!'
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough kicked off Tuesday's edition of Morning Joe by going off on a lengthy and raucous rant against President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team, branding the whole group as a "Confederacy of Dunces."

After Monday's arguments by the president's legal squad featured a slew of Fox News regulars essentially rehashing their Hannity segments, Scarborough spent the first few minutes of MSNBC's signature morning program blasting the most standout moments.

"Well, I mean—you had Confederacy of Dunces defending him in impeachment," Scarborough declared, referencing the famous irreverent novel by John Kennedy Toole. "Their arguments were absolutely stunning."

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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CNN PoliticsJan 28, 2020
The Point: The one thing you absolutely can't say about the Bolton bombshell
In the wake of The New York Times report that former national security adviser John Bolton has written in a soon-to-be-published manuscript that President Donald Trump personally instructed him to withhold aid money from Ukraine until that country announced an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden, most GOP senators were, understandably, a bit shell-shocked.

CNN PoliticsJan 28, 2020
GOP senator questions if Iowa Democrats will support Biden after impeachment trial
Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa suggested Monday that President Donald Trump's impeachment trial could damage Joe Biden's presidential campaign in Iowa as the state's caucuses are less than a week away.

Huffington Post PoliticsJan 28, 2020
Joe Scarborough Comes Up With Scathing New Way To Describe Donald Trump's Legal Team
MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host reserved particular scorn for Ken Starr.

CNN PoliticsJan 27, 2020
Trump's lawyers tell Supreme Court that the President's financial documents shouldn't be turned over to House, New York
President Donald Trump's personal lawyers told the Supreme Court Monday that the House of Representatives and a Manhattan prosecutor should not be able to subpoena the President's long-time accounting firm and banks for his financial records, in a monumental dispute concerning separation of powers and claims of absolute immunity that will be heard by the justices later this term.

Politics - U.S. HouseJan 27, 2020
Juicio político a Donald Trump: un nuevo libro que podría complicarlo
El manuscrito del libro de John Bolton, exasesor de seguridad nacional de la Casa Blanca, tiene revelaciones que podrían implicar al presidente de Estados Unidos.

CNN PoliticsJan 27, 2020
Day 6: Impeachment trial scenes the Senate TV cameras won't let you see
President Donald Trump's legal team continued its defense Monday against the impeachment charges as the Senate trial was roiled by news of former national security adviser John Bolton's draft book manuscript. But views of the Senate chamber are still limited by restrictive TV camera rules.
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