Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one

Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one
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The trio of congresswomen serving among the House managers during the Senate impeachment trial said Thursday that Americans will view it as "rigged" if President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE is acquitted without witnesses or new evidence being presented.

"It seems to me, if there's not a full, fair trial with witnesses, he may get an acquittal, but he's not going to get an exoneration," Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report House GOP blames Pelosi — not Trump — for Jan. 6 House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (D-Calif.) told NBC News. "It's going to be seen for what it is, just a rubber stamp to get him off the hook."

Lofgren was joined in the interview by Reps. Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaDemocrats introduce equal pay legislation for US national team athletes Manchin meets with Texas lawmakers on voting rights Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm MORE (D-Texas) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE (D-Fla.); all three talked about the need for the impeachment trial to include witnesses, a matter that hasn't been decided yet.

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"That's yet unknown, whether we’ll have a full trial, but clearly, he engaged in serious misconduct that upended the constitutional order, really threatens our freedom,” Lofgren added.

Garcia said that Republicans seeking to help Trump can't hide their intentions from voters.

"Because everyday Americans know what a fair trial is. And that includes witnesses, it includes testimony, it includes both sides having a fair shot at presenting their case. And if they don't see that, then they'll say, 'Well, yeah, he got off, but it's because it was rigged,'" Garcia said.

The Texas congresswoman also noted that regardless of the result, Trump can't "erase" that he was only the third president in the history of the U.S. to be impeached.

On Thursday Democratic lawmakers pressed their case before the Senate that Trump abused the power of his office in his relations with Ukraine. The president's defense team is set to begins its rebuttal later this week.

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