On Saturday, the lawyers of US President Donald Trump presented arguments in defense of the American leader and tried to convince senators of the absence of violations against Ukraine. Lawyer Mike Purpura provided six arguments that allegedly testify to Trump's innocence, according to Voice of America.
The lawyer notes that the American president "provided more assistance to Ukraine than the Obama administration," and also emphasizes that the Trump administration has significantly strengthened sanctions against Russia. Purpura states that the presentation of the July conversation between Trump and Zelensky "does not indicate that US military aid was used as a means of pressure on Ukraine." The lawyer also recalls that Ukraine repeatedly testified to the absence of pressure from the US leader, and the lawyer said that "during a conversation with the US president, the Ukrainian side did not know about the delay in assistance." The fifth and sixth argument in support of Trump is the receipt by Ukraine of military assistance and the fact that Ukraine did not open a case against Biden.
On January 21, the US Senate rejected Democrats' demands for new evidence and witnesses during the trial of impeachment of President Donald Trump. Senators cast 53 votes in favor and 47 against in order to block Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer’s three proposals. They concerned the involvement in the trial of records of interrogations of witnesses and documents from the White House, the State Department and the Office of Budget Management, which are related to the relationship between Trump and the leadership of Ukraine.
As reported on December 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump. Removing the president from office requires two-thirds of the votes of senators.
Recall that the Congress launched the impeachment process on September 24 due to the scandal surrounding the July telephone conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Zelensky. Before the call, the US leader delayed the financial support of Ukraine. And during the telephone dialogue, Trump several times mentioned the need to continue the investigation into the Ukrainian gas company Vugіsma.