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Impeachment Trial: House Managers, White House Counsel Deliver Closing Arguments




Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) talks to reporters just off the Senate floor during a recess in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on February 3, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) talks to reporters just off the Senate floor during a recess in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on February 3, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Closing arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial unfolded Monday as much for history as any effort to sway votes, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the Republican-led Senate.

The House Democratic prosecutors drew on history, the Founding Fathers and common sense to urge senators - and Americans - to see that Trump's actions are not isolated but part of a pattern of behavior that, left unchecked, will allow him to "cheat"' in the 2020 election. Senators acknowledge the House Democratic managers have essentially proven their case, that Trump abused power and obstructed Congress, by leveraging U.S. military aid to push Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden to thwart the 2020 election. But key Republicans  have decided the president's actions toward Ukraine do not rise to the level of impeachable offense that warrant the dramatic political upheaval of conviction and removal from office. His acquittal in Wednesday's vote is all but assured. Today on AirTalk, we recap the closing arguments and discuss what comes next. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Anna Edgerton, politics editor for Bloomberg; she tweets @annaedge4

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets @NPRrelving

Jennifer Haberkorn, congressional reporter for the LA Times who is reporting from Washington D.C.; she tweets at @jenhab