Senator Lisa Murkowski says she'll vote to acquit Donald Trump

Even with acquittal seemingly assured, Democrats prosecuting Republican President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial have made a forceful appeal for conviction, calling him a man with no moral compass who must be removed to protect American democracy.

Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for Trump's reelection team, responded: "She might as well rip up any plans for attracting independent voters". "He will not change", said Schiff.

"End the era of impeachment once and for all", Cipollone said, arguing that the American people - not the Senate - should decide whether Trump remains in office. "Now do impartial justice and convict him".

In December, the House of Representatives charged him with two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

He said that during the trial the President's lawyers did "nothing to rebut the facts in this case ... because they could not".

President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, apparently unaware of more recent USA history, asked on Twitter, "Have we ever had an impeached President, deliver the State of the Union address while he is on trial in the Senate?"

Trump, a Republican, may be tempted to lash out at the Democratic critics seated before him in the US House of Representatives, seeing it as a chance for payback against those who sought to oust him through what he calls a "witch hunt".

The Senate is to vote at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Wednesday and the Republican president is all but certain of being acquitted. We will work to find common ground where we can, but will stand our ground where we cannot.

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"The net impact of all of that is to cause Canadians to be more cautious - to say, for reasons of self-preservation, 'We need to diversify, not have so many eggs in one basket.' And that's a problem the USA has with allies and trading partners around the world: that often the people whom they most need have been targeted at one time or another and are feeling a bit gun-shy as a result". "In America, nobody is above the law, even those elected president of the United States". He may be waiting for Wednesday, when senators are widely expected to vote to acquit the president. His office said only that he would make a floor speech before the vote. She avoided citing the customary "high privilege and distinct honor" that usually accompanies the speaker's introduction of the president to Congress.

It is an open question whether Trump will use the address to complain as he has in other forums about his impeachment or to prematurely celebrate the trial's likely outcome.

THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE: After Trump's speech, Michigan Gov.

As the Democratic prosecutors addressed the sombre Senate chamber, Trump lashed out on Twitter.

"This was the first totally partisan presidential impeachment in our nation's history".

Final arguments were held on Monday after Democrats failed last week in a bid to introduce new witnesses and documents into the trial.

In a briefing with reporters to preview the speech, a senior administration official said Trump would focus on five issue areas: a "blue-collar boom" for which he credits his trade negotiations with China, Mexico and Canada; domestic policies to help working families, including paid family leave; health care; illegal immigration; and national security.

Only two Republicans - Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of ME - joined Democrats as the motion to introduce witnesses was defeated 51-49.

House and Senate Democratic leaders are inviting guests to highlight their efforts to push for legislation to lower prescription drugs and to fight legal challenges that could weaken protections for those with preexisting conditions.

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