Trump impeachment trial: House managers wrapping up arguments

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WASHINGTON (WFLA) — House impeachment managers will wrap up their arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial on Friday.

The seven Democrats serving as prosecutors have been presenting their case for impeaching the president the past two days. They have eight hours left of their allotted 24 hours.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead prosecutor, started the final day of arguments before handing it over to Rep. Jason Crow and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.

After a little more than an hour of the Democrats’ presentation, Rep. Schiff returned to the floor to announce they would be wrapping up their arguments on article one and moving onto article two.

During that time, Schiff gave an impassioned speech to the Senate, urging them to put themselves in the shoes of Joe Biden or Marie Yovanovitch.

“Let’s imagine the most powerful person in the world was asking a foreign nation to conduct a sham investigation into one of us. What would we think about it then?” he asked. “Because I’ll tell you something. The next time, it just may be you. Do you think for a moment, any of you, no matter what your relationship with this president…do you think for a moment that if he felt it was in his interest, he wouldn’t ask you to be investigated?”

So far, the impeachment managers have focused their arguments on how they say President Trump abused his power. They’ve also urged members of the Senate to allow new witnesses, like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, to testify in the trial.

President Trump’s legal team takes over on Saturday and will start arguing against impeachment. They will also have 24 hours over the course of three days to present their case.

Nexstar is bringing you complete coverage of the impeachment trial. Our coverage continues on Friday at 12:50 p.m. ET with politics reporter Evan Donovan and DC correspondent Jessi Turnure.

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