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 TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says 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 LofgrenHillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike Trump says election proposals in coronavirus stimulus bill would hurt Republican chances Democratic lawmakers demand government stop deporting unaccompanied children 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 GarciaThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on .2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington Overnight Energy: Iconic national parks close over coronavirus concerns | New EPA order limits telework post-pandemic | Lawmakers urge help for oil and gas workers Bipartisan lawmakers urge assistance for oil and gas workers MORE (D-Texas) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsBiden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Critics hit Florida governor over lack of 'sweeping' coronavirus response Biden says he has 'short list' of potential women for VP pick 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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