Alan Dershowitz plans to explain his version of constitutional law to the Senate when the trial starts. Mr. Dershowitz claims the founding fathers said there has to be a crime in order to impeach a president. Twenty years ago, Alan told the press the exact opposite.
The White House announced eight members of Congress will join the president’s defense team. Doug Collins, Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Debbie Lesko, Mike Johnson, Elise Stefanik, John Ratcliffe, and Lee Zeldin will be on the Trump team during the trial, but Mitch McConnell isn’t happy about that move. If the Congressmen try to defend the president during the Senate trial that would be a first. Members of the House don’t usually get involved in the Senate’s business.
Chuck Schumer told the press the Democrats still want to call witnesses. Four Republican senators may be on board to vote to hear witness testimony. But all four Republicans want to hear the opening arguments before they vote on that issue.
The International Monetary Fund thinks the trade wars with China and Europe will hurt the global economy in 2020. Global Gross Domestic Product growth slipped in 2019, and if the trade wars continue, GDP growth may only hit 3.0-3.5% this year. The U.S. economy will struggle to reach 2.0% growth in 2020. Last year’s GDP growth number is not public yet, but Wall Street economists say economic growth in 2019 won’t be more than 2.0%.
Huawei’s CEO Ren Zhengfei let the U.S. know Trump’s quest to take his company down won’t work. Mr. Trump continues to threaten countries who want to use Huawei’s 5G technology, but Ren told the press his company can handle the pressure. Huawei’s smartphone business is on fire, and more than 70 countries want to use Huawei 5G technology this year.
According to Lev Parnas, Bill Barr played a role in Ukraine’s debacle. Parnas wants Bill to recuse himself from his case. Mr. Barr continues to take heat from lawyers around the country who believe Mr. Barr acts like Trump’s attorney.
Democrats say Mr. Barr withheld information from the Mueller report to protect Trump. And Barr trashed the inspector general who found the FBI acted within the law when agents realized Trump’s campaign had a lot of contact with Russians during the 2016 election. Mr. Barr believes presidents are above the law. And he thinks Congress doesn’t have the right to check the president if he crosses legal lines.