House managers, Trump lawyers appeal to the other side in closing arguments

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi look

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday. AP

"When I count my blessings, I count Lamar Alexander twice".

Senator Lamar Alexander said Trump crossed a line by withholding us aid to the nation as a way to "encourage" an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival.

Trump is all but assured of being acquitted at only the third impeachment trial of a USA president, with Republicans holding 53 seats in the Senate to 47 for the Democrats.

House managers, who act as prosecutors, had faced an uphill battle from the start, with a two-thirds Senate vote needed to remove Trump from office.

"A good job. I thought they did a good job".

"When the history books are written about this tumultuous era, I want them to know I stood up to tyranny", he said on the floor.

"Trump poll numbers are the highest since election, despite constant phony Witch Hunts!" the president tweeted on Saturday from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Democrats have alleged Trump held the aid in exchange for politically advantageous investigations and said it amounted to an abuse of his power.

"Nine million more people voted for Democrats last time around than Republicans". Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said that if Biden were to win the White House this fall, he would open himself up immediately to an impeachment inquiry.

While Trump has been known for decades as someone who rarely apologizes for anything, CNN seemed to think he would possibly express regret after his impeachment trial ends in an acquittal. They also said Monday that their arguments should compel the subpoena of documents and witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton.

Cipollone said the Senate should "leave the choice of the president to the American people".

© Bloomberg Mitch McConnell gestures a thumbs up at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 31.

"Alexander, who provided a key vote late last week against the Democrats' effort to call Trump aides as witnesses in the impeachment trial, told NBC News's "Meet the Press" show that it was "crossing the line" for Trump to ask for the Biden investigations".

"We've still got some time".

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), whose committee drafted the two articles of impeachment against Trump, wasn't in the Senate on Monday.

"That's pretty remarkable when you now have senators on both sides of the aisle admitting the House made its case and the only question is: "Should the president be removed from office because he's been found guilty of these offenses?'" Schiff said on CBS News" Face the Nation.

"But I'm not letting the senators off the hook". "They've done their best to make Mr. Trump, his supporters and America look bad and I've no doubt they will try to keep it going". "It will be up to the senators to make that final judgment, and the senators will be held accountable for it".

Former vice president Biden is among the front-runners in Iowa along with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, whose campaigning in the midwestern state has been hamstrung by the requirement that they remain in Washington for the impeachment trial.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called it a "grand tragedy".

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