Media Fizzles Out As Impeachment Trial Winds Down And Iowa Heats Up

Adam Schiff (D-CA) presents closing arguments at impeachment trial

The impeachment prosecution and defense teams presented their final arguments to the Senate today, summarizing their cases before a group that has largely already made up its mind. After voting not to summon additional witnesses to the trial, and with the extreme unlikelihood of obtaining a supermajority vote on Wednesday to actually remove the president, the presentations were more symbolic than persuasive.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead House manager for the impeachment prosecution stated, “He has compromised our elections and he will do so again. You will not change him. You cannot constrain him. He is who he is.… Now, do impartial justice and convict him.”

Pat Cipollone, Trump’s White House counsel, characterized the move as political. “At the end of the day, this is an effort to overturn the results of one election and to try to interfere in the coming election that begins today in Iowa,” he argued.

Still some Democrats vowed not to stand down, with some proposing censure, and others in the House such as Speaker Nanci Pelosi (D-CA) debating some additional action against the president.

Generally speaking, attention seems to have been diverted to the much more eventful Democratic caucuses in Iowa, and away from the trial, which already has an expected outcome. With caucus voting underway, most Democrats are focused on deciding which candidate has the best chance against President Trump in the presidential election this November.