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Democrats have concluded their second day of arguments in Trump's impeachment trial.
"The evidence against Donald Trump is hiding in plain sight," House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) argued during yesterday's trial.
Some of the other key quotes from Thursday:
- House impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX): "Trump has suggested that all the witnesses are Never Trumpers. That couldn't be further from the truth. These U.S. officials are brave public servants. It is wrong, just flat wrong, to suggest they were doing anything other than testifying out of a sense of duty."
- Garcia also attempted to debunk the administration's claim that the Biden family was engaged in corruption in Ukraine, arguing that "Trump didn't care about any of this until 2019" when Biden looked like a 2020 frontrunner.
- Impeachment manager Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) cited calls made between Lev Parnas and Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as evidence of Giuliani keeping the president "informed about what was going on" regarding a pressure campaign against Kiev.
- Impeachment manager Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA): "Mr. Giuliani is the president's personal lawyer. He represented Trump with his knowledge & consent. The evidence confirms that Giuliani and Trump were in constant contact... and that both U.S. and Ukrainian officials knew Mr. Giuliani was the 'key' to Ukraine."
- “Most unfair & corrupt hearing in Congressional history!” The president tweeted during the trial.
- Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) distributed fidget spinners to GOP colleagues before Thursday's trial:
Under the Radar
Trump Moves to Block Visas for Pregnant Women on ‘Birth Tourism’
The Trump administration is planning to introduce new visa restrictions aimed at curbing “birth tourism,” where foreign nationals travel to give birth on U.S. soil to ensure their children become American citizens.
The White House announced Thursday that the State Department "will no longer issue temporary visitor (B-1/B-2) visas to aliens seeking to enter the United States for 'birth tourism.'"
A spokesperson said the rules are
"[I]ntended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry.”
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