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 John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press 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 LofgrenGillibrand proposes creating new digital privacy agency GOP senator proposes overhauling federal agency to confront Big Tech What the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber 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 GarciaTrump set to confront his impeachment foes Live coverage: Senators query impeachment managers, Trump defense Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address MORE (D-Texas) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsTrump set to confront his impeachment foes Live coverage: Senators query impeachment managers, Trump defense Trump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims 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.

Also serving as House impeachment managers are Democratic Reps. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump DOJ lawyers resign en masse over Roger Stone sentencing MORE (Calif.), Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Nadler demands answers from Barr on 'new channel' for receiving Ukraine info from Giuliani Trump predicts Ocasio-Cortez will launch primary bid against Schumer MORE (N.Y.), Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesLawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts On The Money: Fed chief warns Congress on deficits | Trump blames Powell after Dow dips slightly | Trump withdraws nomination of former US attorney for Treasury post Jeffries: Trump budget is a 'declaration of war on the American dream' MORE (N.Y.) and Jason CrowJason CrowTrump set to confront his impeachment foes Democratic impeachment manager shares quote from "Harry Potter's" Dumbledore during trial Impeachment manager dismisses concerns Schiff alienated key Republican votes: 'This isn't about any one person' MORE (Colo.).