House managers, led by Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), began presenting three days of opening arguments Wednesday in the historic Senate impeachment trial of President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Earlier in the day, Trump said at a news conference in Switzerland that he “can live either way” with the Senate’s decision on whether to call witnesses in a trial focused on his administration’s conduct toward Ukraine.

The crux of the House case is the allegation that Trump withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, a political rival, as well as his son Hunter Biden.

●Senate adopts ground rules for impeachment trial, delaying a decision on witnesses until after much of the proceedings.

●Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. admonishes impeachment lawyers, telling them to “remember where they are.”

●Senate Democrats privately consider witness trade in impeachment trial.

●With his mind on impeachment, Trump prepares to wrap up Davos visit with foreign policy focus.

2:25 a.m.
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An emotional Schiff closes by imploring senators to learn the ‘full truth’

By Colby Itkowitz

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) gave an emotional closing, rehashing the facts of the case as presented over the past eight hours, urging senators to learn the “full truth” and warning that the “truth is going to come out.”

“More emails are going to come out. More witnesses are going to come forward. They’re going to have more relevant information to share,” Schiff said. “And the only question is, do you want to hear it now? Do you want to know the full truth?”

Schiff told the senators that they have the evidence to prove Trump is guilty but that senators should want to know “who else was involved in this scheme.”

“We can and will prove President Trump guilty of this conduct and of obstructing the investigation into his misconduct,” Schiff said. “But you and the American people should know who else was involved in this scheme. ... You should want to know about every player in this sordid business.”

Schiff’s voice grew more emotional as he spoke of the people who risked their careers to come forward to testify.

“They risked everything, their careers, and yes, I know what you’re asked to decide may risk yours, too, but if they could show the courage, so can we.”

Schiff said the House Democrats will spend Thursday explaining the Article 1 charge of abuse of power.

1:45 a.m.
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Dianne Feinstein heads home early

By Paul Kane

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) walked out of the Senate chamber, said “good night” to two reporters standing nearby, and left the Capitol.

Senators are expected to stay in the chamber for the entirety of the arguments.

But Feinstein could get a pass: She’s the oldest senator at 86.

1:30 a.m.
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GOP senator’s phone goes off inside the chamber

By Elise Viebeck and Colby Itkowitz

The rules are explicit: No one is allowed to bring electronics into the Senate chamber during the trial.

But one Republican senator was caught with a phone when it began to ring. Other lawmakers glanced around to see where it was coming from, and the person immediately silenced it.

Senators were sternly warned at the beginning of the trial that failure to comply could result in the “pain of imprisonment.”

It remains to be seen if the sergeant-at-arms follows through on that.

1:20 a.m.
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Schiff says GOP should want to see notes

By Colby Itkowitz

Schiff needled Republican senators over their resistance to subpoenaing documents, such as contemporaneous notes from White House officials from conversations they had about Ukraine.

“In any courtroom in America holding a fair trial, you would want to see contemporaneous notes,” Schiff said. “This Senate should be no different. Those notes demand to see the truth. We’re not afraid of those notes. We haven’t seen them. We haven’t seen them. Maybe those notes say something completely different. Maybe those notes say no quid pro quo. Maybe those notes say it’s a perfect call. I’d like to see them. I’m willing to trust ambassadors.”

Schiff also noted that when officials raised concerns about the military aid being withheld and Trump’s desire for a public investigation into the Bidens, they were told to talk to lawyers.

“You know, if you keep getting told, ‘You gotta go talk to the lawyers,’ there’s a problem. If things are perfect, you don’t get told, ‘Go talk to the lawyers,’ time and time again.”

1:00 a.m.
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At least one GOP senator says he’s learned new information from Democrats

By Karoun Demirjian

Barely six hours into the House managers’ case, many Republican senators have complained they haven’t heard anything new from the prosecution. Several GOP senators have jeered that House Democrats are excessively repetitive in their arguments.

“I’ve seen, heard, nothing new whatsoever,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters Wednesday evening. “What they’re going to do with 24 hours, I’m not sure.”

“I took lots and lots of notes, and then things started to repeat themselves,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) added, standing by Scott. Both complained that the House managers were using the same video clips that they had seen on Tuesday, and using the same kinds of phrases to describe Trump’s actions.

But for at least one GOP senator, the careful step-by-step walk-through of the facts has been worthwhile.

“I know the House proceedings were heavily reported. But I think most, if not all, senators are hearing the case by the prosecution and the case by the defense for the first time,” said Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.), stressing that he was learning new things by listening to the arguments. “If you polled the United States Senate, 9 out of 10 senators will tell you that they have not read a transcript of the proceeding in the House. And the 10th senator who says he has is lying.”

Kennedy would not say whether he had heard anything to make him consider voting to convict Trump. He also argued that the senators’ unfamiliarity with the facts of the case was a good reason “the discussion over additional evidence is premature until we hear the case,” a position in keeping with the president’s defense.

12:20 a.m.
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Schiff picks up debate after break, predicts another 2 to 2½ hours

By Colby Itkowitz

The Senate returned from its break and Schiff estimated the Democrats would continue laying out their case this evening for another two to two and a half hours.

“As an encouraging voice told me, ‘keep it up, but don’t keep it up too long’,” Schiff said, not identifying who that voice was.

Schiff took over the chronology after the July 25 call, detailing the communications and activities that occurred around Ukraine’s efforts to get President Volodymyr Zelensky a White House visit by negotiating with Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani.

“Why would you go outside the normal channels to do that?” Schiff asked. “When your objective has nothing to do with policy, when your objective is a corrupt one . . . an illicit one. It means an impermissible one. It means one that furthers your own interests at the cost of the national interest.”

11:35 p.m.
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Senate recesses for dinner

By Colby Itkowitz

The Senate trial is in a 30-minute break for dinner.

The trial is expected to continue the impeachment presentation for several more hours later tonight.

11:30 p.m.
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Antiabortion, pro-Trump protester interrupts trial

By Elise Viebeck

A man yelling in support of Trump and against abortion was ejected from the Senate visitor gallery around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The man, who appeared to be in his 50s, was then observed on the floor outside the chamber, surrounded by police with reporters watching from a nearby hallway. Within a few minutes, the police escorted the man away as he screamed “abortion” and “dismiss the charges against President Trump.”

The disruption started inside the Senate chamber as Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) spoke for the House managers. The man had barely entered the visitor gallery when he began screaming, referring to Jesus Christ, according to reporters who observed the scene from the press gallery. Quickly, security staff grabbed the man and pushed him back through the doors and out of the chamber, the reporters said.

The man could be heard shouting, “Schumer is the devil!” and “They support abortion!” throughout the third floor of the Senate side of the Capitol.

Jeffries briefly stopped speaking as the man was taken out, then resumed his remarks.

11:20 p.m.
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No-talking rules for whispering senators aren’t being strictly enforced

By Karoun Demirjian

Senators are being warned to keep silent “on pain of imprisonment” at the start of every impeachment trial day — but those rules are not being very strictly enforced. On the second day of arguments, some senators have begun occasionally whispering in twos — and getting away with it.

The rules began to fly out the window around 10 past 5 Wednesday evening, when Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), one of the House managers, suggested that senators appeared to be restless and offered to take a break. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stood to recommend a dinner break at 6:30 p.m., at least five pairs of senators took that as a cue that they could start side conversation — and some of them did not stop after Crow began his argument again.

On the Republican side, the side conversation between Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and David Perdue (Ga.) lasted longest; on the Democratic side, it was Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.).

Other pairs of senators who were seen briefly chatting in the evening hours — though not heard, since they did keep it quiet — include Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.); Idaho Republican Sens. James E. Risch and Mike Crapo; Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Todd C. Young (R-Ind.); and Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

Sorry for tattling on who was talking in class. But lest you think all the stolen conversations were partisan: A few minutes before 6 p.m., Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) crossed the center aisle to take an empty chair next to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and the pair — who head up the Senate Rules Committee together — had an extended whisper-chat, even gesturing toward the front of the room as Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), a House manager, played video of Ambassador William Taylor’s public testimony during the House’s impeachment inquiry.

11:15 p.m.
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Hakeem Jeffries says Trump’s request for a ‘favor’ will ‘live in infamy’

By Colby Itkowitz

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) focused his remarks from the podium on Trump’s July 25, 2019, phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which served as the catalyst for the impeachment probe.

“The president claims that his call was ‘perfect,’ ” Jeffries said. “Nothing can be further from the truth.”

Jeffries pointed specifically to a moment in the call when Trump reacted to Zelensky bringing up the subject of military aid.

“President Trump responded, ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though,’ ” Jeffries said. “These words will live in infamy.”

Jeffries also questioned why Trump mentioned his personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani several times on the call, when Giuliani has no official role in U.S. diplomacy.

“He’s not an ambassador. He’s not a member of the diplomatic corps. Rudolph Giuliani is a coldblooded operative for President Trump’s reelection campaign,” Jeffries said. “By the time the call took place, President Zelensky understood Giuliani’s connection to the shakedown scheme.”

11:10 p.m.
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First day of Senate impeachment trial is a modest TV hit, with 7.5 million watching during prime time

By Paul Farhi

The first day of the Senate trial proved to be a modest hit on television, with an average of 11 million viewers tuning in during the afternoon hours and more than 7.5 million sticking around to watch on cable news during the evening Tuesday.

The marathon procedural session was carried on the six leading broadcast and cable networks during the daytime. The broadcast networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) switched to regular entertainment programming in the evening, ceding coverage to Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.

Read more here.

11:00 p.m.
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Crow, Demings make case against Trump

By Felicia Sonmez

Two more impeachment managers, Jason Crow (D-Colo.) and Val Demings (D-Fla.), took to the floor to make the case for Trump’s convictions.

Crow once again referenced his military experience to argue that U.S. military assistance “makes a real difference in the fight against Russia.”

He also argued that Trump’s efforts to withhold aid to Ukraine violated the law.

“Ukraine experts at DOD, the State Department and the White House emphasized that it was in the national security interests of the U.S. to continue to support Ukraine in its fight,” Crow said. “But it wasn’t just the national security concern, because many people thought that the hold was just outright illegal — and they were right, it was.”

Demings, meanwhile, focused on the White House meeting that Trump withheld from Zelensky in an effort to pressure him to announce an investigation into the Bidens.

“Senators, this body is entitled to see all of the evidence,” Demings said. “And you know what? The American people are entitled to hear all of the evidence. And while the nature of the ‘drug deal’ we’ve talked about was uncontested, it is important for the country to know that everyone was involved — because we’ve heard that everyone was in the loop.”

10:40 p.m.
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Pelosi monitoring trial from Israel

By Mike DeBonis and Elise Viebeck

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is leading a congressional delegation to Israel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz death camp, has been monitoring the Senate trial from abroad.

“She’s been able to see parts due to the time difference,” said a senior Democratic aide, who added that Pelosi has been “absolutely” pleased by the House managers’ performance.

Asked whether Pelosi has shared any notes with her team, the aide said, “She has a mobile phone.”

The three top-ranking U.S. leaders were all out of the country for a time on Wednesday, as Trump traveled back from Davos, Switzerland and Vice President Pence left for Israel, where he will also attend the World Holocaust Forum.

This briefly raised the profile of Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the Senate’s 86-year-old president pro tempore. Grassley is third in the presidential line of succession. He spent Tuesday and Wednesday in the Senate chamber observing the impeachment proceedings and taking notes.

10:30 p.m.
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Trump breaks his Twitter record with 141 tweets and counting

By Colby Itkowitz

On the first day of the House managers’ arguments against him, Trump broke his own Twitter record. As of 4:25 p.m., he had sent 125 tweets and retweets — the most in a single day since his inauguration.

Trump’s previous record as president was 123 tweets on Dec. 12, 2019, according to FactBase, which tracks the president’s words.

Most of Trump’s tweets were impeachment-related, and 110 were retweets.

As of 5:20 p.m., Trump had tweeted an additional 16 times.

With many hours left in the trial, Trump is closing in on his record of 161 tweets set on Jan. 5, 2015.