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Trump: Defense Team Should Just Tell the Truth in Impeachment Trial

President Donald Trump said he thinks his defense team should stick to telling the truth as they make arguments for the first time in days in the Senate impeachment trial.

“What my people have to do is just be honest, just tell the truth,” Trump told Fox News on Friday. “Theyve been testifying, the Democrats, theyve been telling so many lies, so many fabrications, so much exaggeration. And this is not impeachable.”

The president insisted he hadnt committed a crime, noting that even Democrats agree. But the opposition party is attempting to convince senators that what Trump did was still impeachable.

“I dont even know how to determine this, but they say its not a crime, everybody says that,” Trump said.

“[Democrats] say, But it doesnt have to be a crime. Well, maybe it doesnt have to be a crime, but can you imagine being impeached and you didnt commit a crime?”

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Hunter Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, waits for the start of his fathers debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., on Oct. 11, 2012. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

Trump also commented on the House impeachment managers and Senate Democrats arguing that Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, wasnt linked at all to the impeachment proceedings.

“When you look at the Bidens and the Biden family, when somebody with actually, not a job, who just was taken out of the Navy—I mean, thrown out of the Navy, had nothing, all of a sudden the father becomes vice president … the son is making millions and millions of dollars,” Trump said. “Its corruption.”

Trump was impeached by House Democrats on Dec. 18, 2019, for abuse of office and obstruction of Congress. The first charge stemmed from the presidents actions pertaining to Ukraine, primarily his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his placement of a hold on congressionally approved military aid to the country.

Trump asked Zelensky to “look into” corruption allegations against the Bidens, who both did work in Ukraine—Joe Biden, as vice president, leading efforts to reform the country, and Hunter Biden working for the Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings.

Trump noted that Joe Biden in 2018 talked about landing in Ukraine in 2016 and pressuring leaders to oust Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was probing Burisma.

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Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin holds a press conference in Kiev on Nov. 2, 2015. Shokin has claimed he was pressured to drop a probe into Burisma, a Ukrainian company that employed Joe Bidens son, Hunter. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

“I said, youre not getting the billion. Im going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: Im leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, youre not getting the money. Well, son of a [expletive]. He got fired,” Biden said at a Council on Foreign Relations event.

“And they put in place someone who was solid at the time.”

The Bidens have denied wrongdoing.

“Theres a lot of talk about Bidens son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great,” Trump told Zelensky. “Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”

Zelensky said he was aware of what happened and would instruct his top prosecutor to look into it.

“The issue of the investigation of the case is actually making sure to restore the honesty,” he said.

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House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 24, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

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