WASHINGTON — Democrats argued that President Donald Trump sought a phony investigation of a political rival and pursued a discredited conspiracy theory about Ukraine, while restless senators played with a new toy Thursday during Trump's impeachment trial.
Democrats said there was no evidence that former Vice President Joe Biden did anything improper in dealings with Ukraine. Republicans outside the chamber challenged Democrats' argument and pledged to find out more about Biden and his son’s dealings in Ukraine. Meanwhile, senators found a new outlet to focus their attention: fidget spinners handed out by North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.
Democrats said there was no evidence that Biden did anything improper in dealings with Ukraine. Republicans outside the chamber challenged Democrats' argument and pledged to find out more about Biden and his son’s dealings in Ukraine.
Rep. Adam Schiff is the face of the House’s impeachment case. Though he has six managers by his side, Schiff is setting the tone, working methodically to convince the Senate Trump deserves to be removed from office.
Schiff told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday it is like he is “introducing myself to a number of the senators” at Trump's impeachment trial.
He said many Republicans are “finding I'm not the demon” that he's often portrayed to be. Republicans were complimentary of Schiff but said they learned nothing new about the case against the president.
On Friday, the Democrats will press their final day of arguments before skeptical Republican senators on the other charge against the president, obstruction of Congress.
Republican defenders are waiting their turn, which probably will come on Saturday.
Trump is set to address his party's leadership Thursday to rally their support amid impeachment and a trying reelection fight.