Democrats conclude final arguments with call for Trump conviction

AFP: Democratic prosecutors wrapped up their final arguments at President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial on Monday with an impassioned appeal for his conviction for abuse of power.

"You can't trust this president to do the right thing," chief House prosecutor Adam Schiff said in his closing speech on the Senate floor. "He will not change and you know it.

"History will not be kind to Donald Trump," Schiff said, urging senators to find the "courage to stand up to him."

The California lawmaker told the 100 senators who will decide Trump's fate that the founders of the United States "gave you a remedy and they meant for you to use it."

"Now do impartial justice and convict him," he said.

The Senate is to vote at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Wednesday on the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and the Republican president is all but certain of being acquitted.

Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate to 47 for the Democrats, but a two-thirds majority, or 67 senators, is needed to remove a president from office. AFP

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