Trump's Impeachment Defense Takes Its Cue From The President | TIME

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When Donald Trump’s lawyers began their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial on Jan. 25, much of their argument boiled down to a phrase the President himself has been repeating for months: read the transcript. Subscribe to TIME ►► Get closer to the world o

Once you sweep away all of the bluster and innuendo, the selective leaks, the closed-door examinations of the democrats hand-picked witnesses, the staged public hearings, what we're left with are six key facts that have not and will not change. First, the transcript shows that the president did not condition either security assistance or a meeting on anything. The paused security assistance funds ...
ren't even mentioned on the call. Second, president, zalenski and other ukrainian officials have repeatedly said that there was no quid pro quo and no pressure on them to review anything. Third president, solinsky and high-ranking ukrainian officials did not even know did not even know the security assistance was paused until the end of august. Over a month after the july 25 call forth. Not a single witness testified that the president himself said that there was any connection between any investigations and security assistance, a presidential meeting or anything else. Fifth, the security assistance flowed on september 11 and a presidential meeting took place on september 25 without the ukrainian government announcing any investigations. Finally, the democrats blind drive to impeach the president does not and cannot change the fact, as attested to by the democrats own witnesses that president trump has been a better friend and stronger supporter of ukraine than his predecessor. Those are the facts we plan to address. Some of them today and some of them next week each one of these six facts standing alone is enough to sink the democrats case combined. They establish what we've known since the beginning.

The president did absolutely nothing wrong.

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