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Sen. Manchin Discusses The One Big Takeaway He Had During Trump’s Legal Defense

Sen. Joe Manchin speaks with an aide during a break in the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump continues in Washington, U.S., Jan. 24, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Saturday that President Donald Trump’s legal defense did a “good job” defending the president after House Democrats made their case for impeachment.
Trump’s legal defense is “making me think about things,” Manchin, a Democrat, told CNN’s Manu Raju. His comments come as Trump’s team is given a period of time to defend the president’s dealings with Ukraine’s president.
“One thing that stuck in my mind is they said there isn’t a witness they have had so far that had direct contact with the president. I’d love to hear from [Office of Management and Budget Director Mick] Mulvaney and [former national security adviser John] Bolton,” he said. “I’ll be very impartial til the end.”
House Democrats believe Bolton’s possible testimony in the impeachment trial could be a game-breaker, leading to more potential charges leveled against the president.
Trump indicted in a Jan. 10 Fox News interview that he would use executive privilege to prevent Bolton’s testimony.  
Bolton, once one of Trump’s biggest supporters, made several eyebrow-raising comments after getting fired from the White House, namely suggesting in November that America’s “national security priorities is under attack from within.”


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House Democratic leadership laid out the case for impeaching and removing the president from office on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

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