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House impeachment managers declare ‘facts have been proved’ as they wrap up their opening arguments against Trump

House impeachment managers concluded their presentation in President Trump’s impeachment trial on Jan. 24. (Video: The Washington Post)

House managers completed their opening arguments late Friday in the historic impeachment trial focused on President Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine, declaring “facts have been proved.”

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the lead House manager, summed up his team’s arguments, pleading for a fair trial while telling senators “Donald J. Trump has abused the power of the presidency.”

Over the course of three days, managers presented arguments for a total of 21 hours and 18 minutes — falling short of the 24 hours they were allotted. The crux of their case is the allegation that Trump withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a political rival, as well as his son Hunter Biden, who served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, while his father was vice president.

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