WATCH LIVE: Dems to deliver third and final day of opening arguments in Trump impeachment trial

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 12:57:52-05

House impeachment managers will make their final pitch for the removal of President Donald Trump on Friday in their third and final day of opening arguments.

The impeachment is scheduled to resume Friday at 1 p.m. Watch it live below:

While impeachment managers used their first day of opening arguments to explain the specifics of Trump's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, managers largely used Thursday's session to argue that Congress has a right — if not a duty — to remove Trump from office.

As Democrats press their case before skeptical Republican senators for the third day, the president’s legal team is preparing its defense, expected to start Saturday. Trump, eyes on the audience beyond the Senate chamber, bemoaned the schedule in a morning tweet, saying “looks like my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made an emotional plea late Thursday for senators to consider what was at stake.

“Let me tell you something. If right doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter how good the Constitution is,” Schiff told a pin-drop-quiet room. “If you find him guilty you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters.

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