Trump impeachment trial live updates: Democrats' second day of arguments

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Democrats continue to lay out their lengthy case against President Trump in the third day of his Senate impeachment trial.

Happening now: Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) invoked Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas' recently released notes, arguing they insinuated that the announcement of a Biden investigation was Trump's precondition for Ukrainian officials, not necessarily an actual investigation.

This item will be updated with the latest developments as the trial continues.


What to watch for: The biggest news will likely happen off the floor as senators signal how they're reacting to the trial and the potential to allow witnesses. On the floor, Democratic house managers will continue to slowly and methodically build their case, focusing on the abuse of power article.

The big picture: Democrats have 16 hours and 42 minutes remaining over the next two days to continue to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Other highlights:

  • House impeachment manager Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) spent her part of today's presentation debunking the Trump administration's position that the Biden family was engaged in corruption in Ukraine. She argued that "Trump didn't care about any of this until 2019" — when Biden looked like a 2020 frontrunner.

The other side: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) latched onto Garcia's presentations about the Bidens, stating on Twitter that it would require both Joe and Hunter Biden to be called as witnesses. He told reporters that he was "surprised" that Democrats made it so central to their early presentation.

From the floor:

  • Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) distributed several fidget spinners to GOP colleagues on the Senate floor before Thursday's proceedings began, per NBC News.

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