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Sekulow indicates Trump should not attend impeachment trial

Jay Sekulow, President Trump's personal attorney, indicated on Wednesday that he did not believe the president should attend the Senate's impeachment trial, after Trump appeared to open the door to sitting in. 

 

Asked by reporters about Trump's comments and the possibility that his legal team could advise him against attending, Sekulow responded, "His counsel might recommend against that."

  

"That's not the way it works. No, I mean, president's don't do that," he added. 

 

The president floated, while speaking to reporters in Davos, Switzerland, that he could attend the trial, which got under way in earnest on Tuesday. 

"Wouldn't that be great? Wouldn't that be beautiful?" he asked.

Pressed on why he wouldn't go, Trump continued, "I'd sort of love - sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces. I'd love to do it."

 

Trump's remarks sparked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to publicly invite him to attend the trial. 

 

"Mr. President, would love to have you as my guest during this partisan charade," Paul said in a tweet, along with a photo of a ticket needed to attend.

 

Sekulow is part of Trump's legal team for the impeachment trial.

 

The Senate is in its first day of opening arguments, after a late-night fight over the rules of Trump's impeachment trial. 

 

House managers will have three days to give their opening arguments, followed by three days for Trump's team. Senators will then ask questions for 16 hours. 

 

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