LISA MASCARO and ERIC TUCKER
WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial are unfolding Monday as much for history as any effort to sway votes, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the Republican-led Senate.
The House Democratic prosecutors drew on history, the Founding Fathers and common sense to urge senators — and Americans — to see that Trump's actions are not isolated but part of a pattern of behavior that, left unchecked, will allow him to "cheat"' in the 2020 election.
"What messages does that send? " asked Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. He implored senators to realize that without a vote to convict, the Senate will "allow the president's misconduct to stand."