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Senate impeachment trial: Fact-checking opening arguments of Trump's defense team

Senate impeachment trial: Fact-checking opening arguments of Trump's defense teamHere's a look at claims and issues raised by the president's lawyers as they lay out their response to the case made by the Democratic House managers.



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Cruz Claims Schiff’s Opening Argument Makes Hunter Biden’s Testimony ‘Critical’

Cruz Claims Schiff’s Opening Argument Makes Hunter Biden’s Testimony ‘Critical’Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) told reporters Wednesday that House impeachment manager's Adam Schiff's focus on the propriety of President Trump's request for an investigation into the Bidens made it “critical” that Hunter Biden testify about his role on the board of Burisma."I think the House managers made a very serious strategic error today," Cruz told ABC News. "Adam Schiff's arguments to open the day today directly drew into question Hunter Biden and made not only his testimony relevant, which it already was, but it is now critical."The Texas Republican explained that if Democrats argue that any allegations of corruption against Hunter Biden and former vice president Joe Biden are a “scam,” such claims are “directly relevant” and need to be explored.Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow later declined to comment on Cruz's argument.Cruz first floated the idea of “witness reciprocity” for testimony from Biden in exchange for the testimony of former national security adviser John Bolton on January 14.In an interview Tuesday with CBS News, Schiff said that Biden’s testimony would be immaterial to the case and “would not be appropriate,” implying that the testimony would amount to a continuation of “the same smear campaign that was foiled when his plot was discovered.""Hunter Biden, for example, can't tell us anything about whether the president withheld military aid, whether he withheld that aid to coerce Ukraine to conduct political investigations. Or why he wouldn't meet with the president of Ukraine," Schiff said. "That's an illegitimate abuse of the trial. And the chief justice, who may have an opportunity to rule on the materiality of witnesses, as well as the senators, should not permit that kind of abuse.”Speaking Wednesday after news that Democrats were allegedly weighing Cruz’s swap deal, Schiff again shot down any testimony from the Bidens.“They want to use this trial to smear the Bidens. That’s not the purpose of the trial and the senators should not allow it to be abused in that way,” Schiff told reporters.



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McConnell Rejects Schumer’s Opening Offer on Impeachment Trial, Claims It Would Set ‘Nightmarish Precedent’

McConnell Rejects Schumer’s Opening Offer on Impeachment Trial, Claims It Would Set ‘Nightmarish Precedent’Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected on Tuesday Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's suggestion that the Senate agree to call certain witnesses as part of their resolution detailing the parameters of the impending impeachment trial.Schumer released his suggestion to the press before sending it to McConnell."It is not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to get to ‘guilty,’" McConnell said. The Majority Leader said Schumer's proposal would set a "nightmarish precedent" for future impeachment trials."The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it,” McConnell continued.The House is expected to vote this week on two articles of impeachment against President Trump, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. With a solid majority of Democrats planning to approve both articles,  the impeachment process will most likely continue to the Senate, where McConnell and Schumer must agree on the parameters of an impeachment trial.McConnell faces pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to call certain witnesses the House either did not call or was not able to bring to testify. Republicans want to hear from Hunter Biden and Rudy Giuliani, while Democrats want to call on White House acting chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney, whose appearance at House hearings the Democrats were unable to compel.For his part, McConnell slammed the incoming articles of impeachment as "the thinnest, least thorough presidential impeachment in our nation's history."



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Elon Musk testifies in his own defense during explosive opening day of defamation trial over 'pedo guy' tweet

Elon Musk testifies in his own defense during explosive opening day of defamation trial over 'pedo guy' tweetTesla CEO Elon Musk testified that he was "upset" by an interview Vernon Unsworth gave to CNN, saying, "I insulted him back."



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Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising star

Chasten Buttigieg goes from opening act to fundraising starPete Buttigieg’s husband is now headlining fundraisers solo, helping power the mayor’s 2020 campaign as he focuses on Iowa and New Hampshire.



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School Shooter Dies in Car Crash, 21 Years After Opening Fire at Arkansas Middle School

School Shooter Dies in Car Crash, 21 Years After Opening Fire at Arkansas Middle SchoolDrew Grant and a friend shot and killed five people at Westside Middle School in 1998



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Moderate 2020 Dems test if Biden stumbles provide opening

Moderate 2020 Dems test if Biden stumbles provide opening“As front-runners like Biden stumble … it creates more opportunities for Michael in this race,” said Craig Hughes, an adviser to Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, one of the two dozen Democrats running for president. Biden is managing the fallout from a stinging attack launched on the debate stage this week by Kamala Harris. The critique seemed to catch Biden off guard, leaving him appearing defensive as he struggled for an appropriate response.



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China warns US against opening Mideast 'Pandora's box'

China warns US against opening Mideast 'Pandora's box'China on Tuesday warned against opening a “Pandora’s box” in the Middle East after the United States announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the region amid escalating tensions with Iran. Foreign Minister Wang Yi also urged Tehran to not abandon the nuclear agreement “so easily” after Iran said it would exceed its uranium stockpile limit if world powers fail to fulfil their commitments under the agreement in 10 days. The United States ratcheted up pressure on Iran Monday, announcing the deployment of additional troops to the Middle East and producing new photographs it said showed Tehran was behind an attack on a tanker ship in the Gulf of Oman last week.



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Bernie Sanders' opening argument: I am electable. Really.

Bernie Sanders' opening argument: I am electable. Really.WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders spent much of 2016 talking of revolution. In 2019, he's turned to a subject that's a bit more pragmatic: electability.



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Pope Francis announces opening of Secret Archives on 'Hitler's Pope'

Pope Francis announces opening of Secret Archives on 'Hitler's Pope'Pope Francis has announced that he will open up the Vatican’s secret archives on the papacy of Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of failing to speak up about the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews. Historians have for decades been calling on the Holy See to let scholars study the archives, in order to determine whether Pius XII failed to use his moral authority to oppose the Holocaust. The argument that Pius should have been far more vocal in condemning the Nazis’ annihilation of six million Jews was put forward most forcefully in the 1999 book Hitler’s Pope, by John Cornwell, a British writer and academic. Pope Francis announced his decision during a meeting with staff from the Secret Archives, part of the Vatican’s vast repository of documents and records, declaring that “the Church is not afraid of history”. He said the archive would be opened on March 2 next year to mark the 81st anniversary of the election of Pius XII in 1939. Francis acknowledged that there had been “moments of grave difficulty and tormented decisions” for the wartime pontiff, saying he had been treated by posterity with “some prejudice and exaggeration”. Without referring directly to Pius’s actions towards the Jews of Europe, Francis said his predecessor had engaged in “hidden but active diplomacy” in order to pursue “humanitarian initiatives”. He thanked archive historians for having worked, since 2006, to catalogue and organise the huge body of documentation relating to Pius’s papacy, from 1939 to his death in 1958. Mr Cornwell, the author of Hitler’s Pope, said he could not wait for the archives to be revealed. Pope Francis announced that the archives will be open a year from now Credit: Alessandra Benedetti/Getty “It should be really interesting. It might show that he did fantastic things to help the Jews. Or it might shed light on whether he had anything to do with the Nazi rat-run, when some Catholics helped Nazis escape to South America at the end of the war,” he told The Telegraph. He said he called his book Hitler’s Pope largely because of what the future Pope Pius did before the war, when as Vatican secretary of state he drew up an accord in 1933, the Reichskonkordat, that protected the Catholic Church’s rights in Germany but in exchange helped give moral legitimacy to the Nazi regime. He said Pius was, like many Catholics at the time, anti-Semitic, but conceded that he had little scope for limiting the scale of the Holocaust. “He didn’t have much room for manoeuvre. He was very much a prisoner inside the Vatican, which was dependent for its light, gas and water on Mussolini’s Italy and then on the German regime. Although I still think he didn’t do enough when the Jews were being rounded up in Rome.” Hitler even plotted at one time to kidnap the Pope, Mr Cornwell said. Pope Pius has been accused by some Jewish groups and historians of failing to speak out against the Holocaust during the war Credit: AP The Vatican insists that by using discreet means, Pius instructed Catholic clergy to give help to the Jews, quietly saving tens of thousands of lives. “The archives will hopefully shed light on the actual possibilities that were open to Pope Pius in condemning the genocide and to what extent he could have made a difference, and at what cost,” said Austen Ivereigh, a British expert on the Vatican and the author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the making of a radical pope. While some historians have accused Pius of complicity in the persecution of the Jews because of his decision not to speak out, others insist he did all that he could in the circumstances. They argue that to have criticised Hitler and the Nazi regime more strongly would have imperiled Catholics across occupied Europe. “Had he spoken out, it could have been an excuse for Hitler to turn on the Catholic Church. These were very, very difficult moral choices,” said Mr Ivereigh. The planned opening of the archives was welcomed by Jewish groups around the world. “We greatly appreciate Pope Francis’s decision,” said Noemi Di Segni, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities. It would enable historians “to reconstruct with greater clarity the Church’s position regarding the Shoah.” “It’s shame that we’ll have to wait until 2020, but better late than never,” said Ruth Dureghello, the head of the Jewish community in Rome. More than 1,000 Italian Jews were rounded up in Rome and deported to concentration camps in October 1943. The Pope’s decision was also welcomed by Israel. "We are pleased by the decision and hope it will enable free access to all relevant archives," foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon wrote on Twitter. It normally takes the Vatican 70 years from the end of a pontificate to open up its archives relating to the period, but there has been intense pressure to make an exception for those of Pius XII. “Part of the problem is that simply cataloguing the stuff takes a lot of time, especially given that there aren’t many staff in the Secret Archives,” said Mr Ivereigh. “It’s a huge archive because it was a very long papacy.”



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