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Schiff: if Trump is not convicted, future presidents may operate “beyond the reach of accountability”

Democratic House impeachment manager Adam Schiff was somber in his opening remarks today on the Senate floor, warning his fellow lawmakers that if President Trump is not convicted, future presidents may “operate as if they too are also beyond the reach of accountability.”

“If not remedied by his conviction in the Senate and removal from office, President Trump’s abuse of his office and obstruction of Congress will permanently alter the balance of power among our branches of government, inviting future presidents to operate as if they too are also beyond the reach of accountability, congressional oversight, and the law,” Schiff said.

What will happen next in the trial: The Democratic House managers are making their opening statements for the next two hours, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Senate will then take a recess “when there is an appropriate break time between presenters,” he said.

The House managers have 24 hours over three days to present their case.