House managers accuse Trump of using his power to weaken Ukraine’s shield against Russia for his own political benefit

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Jay Sekulow, President Trump’s private counsel, said that today’s case presentation has “opened the door” for the President’s defense team to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden and Burisma.

“For the last five hours, it’s been a lot about Joe Biden and Burisma, they kind of opened the door for that response so we’ll determine as a defense team the appropriate way to do it,” he told reporters in the basement of the Senate during the dinner break.

Asked about the possibility of witnesses, he said, “If we thought witnesses were not necessary, we would not bring witnesses ourselves. Unless we thought that there was a need for witnesses. If the other side were to get witnesses, we would have a series of witnesses. But we are nowhere near that process yet.”

Sekulow again laid out the potential time frame. Beyond the House managers’ presentations tomorrow, he said his team would go, but would not say how long their case would be.

The President’s defense team, he said, “will take the appropriate time to respond and present.”

That will be followed by 16 hours of questioning, then arguments on the motion regarding witnesses for four hours.

“So we’re going to get to know each other,” Sekulow joked.

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